An official from the Japan Meteorological Agency, which monitors earthquakes and tsunamis in addition to weather, told AFP that the agency's scientists already are monitoring the island.
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"We studied the simulation this morning, and we are thinking of consulting with earthquake prediction experts... about the probability of this actually happening, and what kind of measures we would be able to take," the official told AFP.
There's also apparently the possibility that the island could explode. According to Asahi Shimbun, Japan Coast Guard officials say that a cone-shaped mound of congealed lava inside a volcanic vent there could seal off movement of magma and raise interior pressure within the island, which might eventually result in a large-scale explosion.
Photo: A rapidly-growing new island in Japan could possibly collapse and cause a tsunami, or else explode, a scientist warns. Credit: Japan Coast Guard