Before and after pictures reveal the moment a brand new island is born from the South Pacific.
A huge underwater volcano consumed an island in the South Pacific but made an even larger one only 3 weeks later.
The eruption underwater the island of Lateiki — among 170 that comprise the archipelago of Tonga — happened 18 days before, according to scientists.
However, an island three times its dimension has emerged 120-meters into the west where Lateiki once had been, stated Taaniela Kula of the Geological Service of Tonga.
Satellite images in the European Copernicus program reveal the 100-meter lengthy and 400-meter broad island, and what the place looked like before the eruption.
Copernicus also seized the moment the volcano erupted, on October 15.
The island is located between Kao and Late, at the Ha’apai Islands, an administrative branch in the northern portion of the Kingdom of Tonga.
Located 2,000 km northeast of New Zealand and 650 km east of Fiji, it’s part of the Pacific’s”Ring of Fire” where continental plates collide regularly.
A fresh island formed in 2014 is rich with sea lions and vegetation.