WW2 ghost ships raised from the ocean by volcanic tremors

A fleet of Japanese World War Two ships have risen from the bottom of the ocean following tremors from a nearby volcano.

The ships were sunk during the battle of Iwo Jima towards the end of the war in 1945.

Now satellite images have shown the ghostly remains of the 24 transport vessels washed up on the shore.

The pictures were obtained by All Nippon News following a rise in the seabed due to activity from Mount Suribachi in the west of Iwo Jima island.

The boats are sitting on a layer of volcanic ash and experts say the tremors from Mount Suribachi could indicate a forthcoming eruption.

Speaking of the activity, Setsuya Nakada, of the Volcano Research Promotion Centre, said: ‘The discoloured sea area has spread to surrounding areas, which indicates that the volcanic activity has not diminished yet.

‘There is a possibility of a big eruption on Iwo Jima.’

During the war, the Japanese moved the transport vessels to form a breakwater – protecting the harbour from waves – in order to shield other boats unloading troops or weapons.

The battle of Iwo Jima was a major battle between the US and the Japanese in the Second World War. Once it was over, 21,000 Japanese soldiers had been killed and only 216 taken prisoner.

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