Another indication of the high level of volcanic activity worldwide is that a large new island has appeared in the South Pacific, near Tonga, in an area so isolated that it has gone virtually unnoticed by scientists. A cruising yacht and a fishing boat have both reported sailing into a vast area of floating pumice, and the captain of the fishing boat reports seeing the island itself, which is about a mile across. Tonga authorities have not commented on the existence of the island, and the Bulletin of the Global Volcanism Network has stated that a large plume of pumice has been sighted near Fiji, and they are seeking its source. The appearance of a new island suggests extensive underwater volcanic activity in the area, which is at present not being detected.

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