Torishima Island (Japan)

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Region
Asia

Local Time
08:05 26 Jul 2017

Coordinates
30.48481 N, 140.30187 E

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Torishima Island (aka Tori-shima or Izu-no-Tori-shima), literally translated to "Bird Island", is an uninhabited island of Japan located in the Pacific Ocean. The island covers a total area of approx 4,79 km2 (1,85 ml2).

  • The volcanic island of Torishima is part of Izu Islands. It lies in the Philippine Sea approx 600 km (373 ml) south of Tokyo and 76 km (47 ml) north of Lot's Wife. The highest peak on the island, Io-zan, features a height of 394 m (1,293 ft). The circular-shaped isle is listed as Class A active volcano by Japan Meteorological Agency.
  • Torishima Island is the above-water portion of submarine volcano, which submerged caldera portion situated to the north of the island erupts underwater. Volcanic activity was recorded for the last time in 2002, along with earthquake swarms. 
  • Repeated volcanic eruptions have set the flora on Torishima Island back to initial stages in ecological succession. Plants like hydrangea and Vitex rotundifolia are found close to the shoreline. Japanese black pine and Chrysanthemum pacificum occupy sheltered areas inland, but most of island's central portion remains as volcanic rock and ash.
  • Torishima Island was known to Japanese mariners and fishermen since at least early Edo period, but it was uninhabited, except for occasional shipwreck survivors. 14-year-old Nakahama Manjiro and 4 friends were shipwrecked on the island in 1841 until rescued by John Howland, American whaler ship.
  • Torishima Island homes a number of tens of thousands of breeding pairs Tristram's storm petrel and other birds like black-footed albatross, blue rock thrush, common kestrel and Japanese murrelet, but the population of short-tailed albatross has been slow to recover, with its recovery hampered by the large numbers of black rats, which are the only remaining mammal on the isle. Dolphins and Humpback whales often appear around Torishima Island during breeding and migration seasons.

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