Helicopter footage from Japan's All Nippon News (ANN) captures 24 ships washed ashore on the west side
US troops sunk these ships during the battleat Iwo Jima in 1945 - one of the bloodiest battles of World War II, a 36-day assault. Back then, 70,000 US Marines fought with 20,000 Japanese soldiers who were hiding in the island's volcanic bunkers. By the end of the battle, 20,000 Marines were injured and nearly 7,000 killed. Almost all Japanese soldiers, with the exception of the 216 captured alive, were killed in action.
Broken, sea-bleached debris are the remnantstransport ships that were captured by the US Navy and deliberately sunk after the battle. Since Iwo Jima did not have a port, the ships were sunk parallel to the coastline.
Fukutoku-Okanoba has been erupting underwater since Augustand this led to the fact that more than 20 ships were on the surface. Also, seismic activity led to the appearance of a small crescent-shaped island made of pumice and volcanic ash. According to Setsuya Nakada, director of the Japanese government's Center for Comprehensive Volcano Research, it will soon disappear due to erosion.
Iwo Jima is part of the Bonin Archipelago,a chain of about 30 subtropical islands in the Pacific Ocean. Created by the subduction of the Pacific tectonic plate under the Philippine Sea plate, it is prone to earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. According to the Japanese Meteorological Agency, there has been a surge in seismic events in recent weeks.
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