A few hours after the volcano erupted in the Pacific, a small island has been seen.

The US space agency


 has spotted a small island a few hours after a volcano erupted in the southwest Pacific Sea near Australia.

Earlier this month, the Home Reef volcano on the central island of Tonga began spewing lava, ash and smoke.

Due to this the color of the surrounding water had changed.


NASA's Earth Monitoring Workshop

has reported that a new island appeared on the surface of the water only 11 hours after the eruption of this volcano.

This monitoring workshop has also taken pictures of this island through satellite.  

According to a NASA press release, the newly formed island soon grew in size.

On September 13, researchers, together with

the Geological Service of Tonga,

described the island's area as 4000 square meters, or about 1 acre, and its height was said to be 10 meters (about 33 feet) above sea level.

However, on September 20, researchers have informed that the size of this island has increased to 24000 square meters or say about 6 acres.  

The US Space Agency says that this new island is built on the Home Reef Seamount in the Central Tonga Islands.

But at the same time it was also said that this small island may not be here forever.  

NASA has told that "this island is formed due to submerged volcano in the sea and such islands exist only for a short time. Although sometimes they remain for many years."

Further information has been given by NASA that due to the 12-day eruption of the nearby Late'iki Volcano, an island was formed in 2020 but then it was washed away within two months.

Whereas in 1995 an island formed due to this volcano remained for 25 years.