Tremors at Mount Suribachi, one of Japan’s most dangerous volcanoes, have brought up more than two dozen sunken ghost ships from the seabed to the western part of Iwo Jima island.
These transport vessels were captured by the U.S. Navy during the last days of the epic World War II battle of Iwo Jima in 1945, before they sank to the bottom of the ocean, Daily Mail reported.
A video from Japan’s All Nippon News channel shows the leftover hulks of Japanese ships that were moved to the island following the seismic activity at one of Japan’s volcanoes, Mount Suribachi.
As a result of the tremors from the volcano, the sunken ships are sitting on volcanic ash.
“The discolored sea area has spread to surrounding areas, which indicates that the volcanic activity has not diminished yet,” Setsuya Nakada, director of Japan’s Volcano Research Promotion Centre, told All Nippon News channel.
“There is a possibility of a big eruption on Iwo Jima,” he said.
The island has no inhabitants though the Japanese military have occupied it since the United States returned it in 1968.
Iwo Jima, also known as Sulphur Island, has experienced at least 10 eruptions in the last century, with the most recent occurring in 1982, according to data from Oregon State University.
Mount Suribachi, which stands 554 feet high, is one of the 10 most dangerous volcanoes in Japan. In August, satellite photos captured the moment when the underwater Fukutoku-Okanoba volcano, roughly three miles north of South Iwo Jima Island, had erupted, resulting in a new island emerging in the Ogasawara chain.