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A newly created small islet near Nishinoshima island of the Ogasawara island chain, 1,000 kilometres south of Tokyo.  A new island created by a volcanic eruption off Japan's coast is here to stay -- for now at least, scientists said on December 10, adding the new landmass could withstand erosion for several years.

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An islet near the coast of Japan that was created by a volcanic eruption is here to stay, at least for now, scientists said on Tuesday. The land mass near Nishinoshima island, part of the Ogasawara chain, 1,000 km south of Tokyo, could withstand erosion for several years.

Ground Self-Defense Force troops search for missing people after a landslide on Oshima island, 120 km south of Tokyo on Friday. Japanese coast guard personnel were scouring waters off the coast of a Japanese island where landslides buried houses after a huge typhoon rolled through, as the death toll reached 24.

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Troops on Friday search for missing people after a landslide on Oshima Island, 120 km south of Tokyo. Japanese coast guard personnel were scouring waters off the Japanese island, in the wake of a typhoon, as the death toll reached 24.

Thai workers in protectice clothing clean up crude oil after it was washed ashore at a beach of Ko Samet Island, a popular tourist destination in Rayong province, Thailand, 30 July 2013. An oil spill caused by an offshore pipeline leak on 27 July has released about 50,000 liters of oil into the Gulf of Thailand, which has now reached Samet Island. Thai tourism authorities closed a beach on Ko Samet in the Gulf of Thailand on 29 July after the oil polluted the beach.

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Thai workers in protectice clothing clean up crude oil after it was washed ashore at a beach on Ko Samet Island, a popular tourist destination in Rayong province, Thailand on Tuesday. Read more

People enjoy the sun amongst the beach chairs at Heringsdorf on Usedom island, Germany.

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Sunbathers relax among the beach chairs at Heringsdorf on Usedom island, Germany.