Only 10 People Have Walked on Earth’s Newest Island

Earth's Newest Island28 miles northwest of Tonga’s capital, Nuku’alofa brand new island emerged.Earth’s newest island was formed after the nearby Hunga Tonga volcano started erupting in December in the South Pacific. As of now, it is still an unnamed land mass and scientists say it won’t last longer than several months due to more volcanic activity.

But for now, fewer than a dozen people have touched the new soil or explored its 10 caves. Locals hope it will become a tourist destination, but for now the 1,640-foot long volcanic island is still unexplored territory.

Earth's Newest Island

Earth's Newest Island

Earth's Newest Island

Earth's Newest Island

Earth's Newest Island

Earth's Newest Island

Only 10 People Have Walked on Earth's Newest Island

Only 10 People Have Walked on Earth's Newest Island

Only 10 People Have Walked on Earth's Newest Island

Only 10 People Have Walked on Earth's Newest Island

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