Permanent Human Settlement of the Earth, Space and Ocean Frontiers

Friday, November 17, 2006

New Lands

Ralph Buttigieg
NSW Sydney
If you think all of Earth's islands have been discovered and there are no new lands to explore you will be surprised to read this:

New island emerges in Tonga

06 Nov 2006, 18:35

Nuku'alofa, Tonga:

A NEW island has emerged out of the sea between Tonga's volcanic islands of Kao in the Ha'apai Group and Late in the Vava'u Group, according to an eyewitness report.

The island is thought to have emerged after a volcanic eruption in early September that has also spewed large amounts of floating pumice into Tongan waters that has been sweeping across Fiji about 350 km to the west south west of where the new island has formed.

Siaosi Fenukitau, a captain of one of the fishing boats of the Maritime Projects Co. (Tonga) Ltd., confirmed on Saturday, November 4, that about six weeks ago they sighted a new volcanic island near Home Reef, to the South West of Vava'u. "It was bigger than Fotuha'a," he said comparing it to the small raised limestone island in Ha'apai with a population of about 134 people.

Siaosi said that they tried to make radio contact with Nuku'alofa when they sighted the new island but they could not make contact with any government offices, and since then they had forgotten all about it.

There has been no official confirmation of the new island from either Tonga's Ministry of Lands or the Tonga Defence Service, but Siaosi said that the captain of another Maritime Projects fishing boat, Feleti Tonata, who is due in port on Thursday this week, had witnessed the actual emergence of the new island. ......

Swede Fredrik happened to be sailing past the new island on his way to Australia and was fortunate enough to witness the birth of the island. Heres what an island birth looks like.:

Sea of pumice:

New land rising:

Island born:

Read and see the rest. Sooner rather then latter someone is going to be the first to set foot and explore the new island. Lucy so and so.