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New volcanic island in the pacific continues to grow; could boost size of Japan’s exclusive economic zone

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JAPAN – A new volcanic island in the pacific is growing so large, it could boost the size of Japan’s exclusive economic zone.

The island south of Tokyo thrust above sea level two months ago and continues to erupt forcefully.

Japan coast guard officials say the island is getting so big it may expand the size of Japan’s exclusive economic waters.

Japan’s borders the New Island to the west and could grow by several square kilometers based on the island’s new dimensions.

A volcano expert says lava should continue to flow and possible even cover an older adjacent island.