Japan's newest real estate continues to expand about 600 miles (970 kilometers) south of Tokyo, although it is hardly ready for moving vans. The uninhabited island of Nishino Shima remains the site of an active volcano that is vigorously spewing ash, rock, and lava.
The volcano's fireworks were captured by video released last week by the Japanese Coast Guard. The reel shows a series of eruptions from the volcano, with plumes of ash, roiling lava, and ethereal smoke rings.
The volcanic island of Niijima first broke above the Pacific Ocean on November 20, 2013. It subsequently merged with the neighboring uninhabited island of Nishino Shima, part of a chain of about 30 small islands called the Bonin Islands, or the Ogasawara chain.