When Lava Meets The Ocean

When Lava Meets The Ocean

We have been writing about ocean swimming and open water swimming since the late 1970’s – and Mother Nature still continues to surprise and amaze us.

Pumice stones are sold in retail outlets, beauty supply stores and supermarkets around the world. A pumice stone is created when volcanic lava and water mix. In the consumer world, it is used to remove dry dead skin on feet, hands, elbows, face and neck and for other skin care purposes.

In Okinawa, a plethora of pumice stones are washing ashore and causing havoc on the beaches of the tropical prefecture in southernmost Japan. Officials assume the mass amount of pumice stones were created by an eruption of an undersea Fukutokuokanoba submarine volcano in the Ogasawara Islands, located 1,000 km south of Tokyo.

The azure blue color of the Okinawa shorelines are being inundated by the dull brown pumice color that is affecting the tourism industry as well as impacting the fishing industry.

In July, a submarine volcano erupted in Japan about 6 km from the Minami-Iwojima island in Ogasawara. Strong discoloration of the ocean and large amounts of steam were seen rising from the Pacific Ocean to heights about 1 km above the ocean. Steaming lava blocks were then seen on the surface of the sea. The volcano, known as Futuku-okanoba, has frequently had similar eruptions recorded during the past century, some of which have created temporary islands.

Courtesy of ANN News

Steven Munatones