Japan Got a New Island (and didn't have to build it)
Six-Thousand Eight-Hundred and Fifty-THREE!
Japan just added a new island to its previous (and yeah, highly debatable) count of 6,852. This time, however, rather than spending decades dredging and dumping huge rocks and tiny gravel and ocean gunk in the middle of a bay until eventually enough dirt sticks out of the water to build an airport or Disney Land or conference center or giant Ferris wheel on it, this addition to the highly volcanic archipelagoic nation is 100% free-range organic.
Earth squirted it out Wednesday, just off the coast of the far southern island of Nishinoshima, which is Japanese for "Island Where Nobody Will Ever Live." That's not really what that means, but go ahead and tell people that. Just because for fun and stuff and because it's also accurate to say and also because it really means "West Island" which is boring as hell.
As has been heavily copied from the original AP report that we're also citing, Nishinoshima is really far from Tokyo. And for the average news sources now parroting out the AP points and photographs, that seems to be enough. But we're so tech here at AkihabaraNews, and we're journalists of such pristine integrity, that we actually took 15 seconds to find Nishinoshima on Google Maps and then actually show readers where it is - because if you think about it, "really far from Tokyo" is where most places are. Not helpful.
Anyway, some people, and when we say some we mean roughly 7 billion, might find this useful:
Please note that Nishinoshima is actually way, way, way smaller than the red dot. In this view, it actually doesn't even show up on Google Maps. Also note that Nishinoshima is about the same distance from Tokyo as is Seoul. Lastly note that, unless readers see this stuff on a map or are flaming geography dorks or something, describing the location as "1,000 kilometers (620 miles) south of Tokyo," and leaving it at that, basically means nothing to anyone.
That's why we journalismed a map in there.
Anyway, that's pretty much it. This isn't really a big deal, it's just kinda cool to see. We humans didn't used to be able to see this sort of thing, but now we've got sensors and whatnot, and cameras are mounted on everything. And that's good - especially since the baby island might just wash away. Not to imply that'd be tragic or anything, because even if it does stick around, just like 98% of the rest of Japan's land area, Nishinoshima's unnamed sibling won't have decent lattes or wi-fi.
Okay, here again are the photos you already looked at after first barely skimming the article:
• • •
Photos: Japan AP Kyodo News but Attributions also Conflict So Like Whoever