An earthquake in the Iwo Jima area lifted Japanese ships captured during World War II from the bottom
Earthquakes in the area of the Japanese island of Iwo Jima raised “ghost ships” from the bottom of the sea during the famous battle for the island during the Second World War, RIA Novosti reports with reference to the Daily Mail article.
As a result of seismic activity in the Iwo Jima area, the skeletons of 24 transport ships appeared on the surface. Frames appeared on the Web showing parts of the buildings lying on volcanic ash.
The British newspaper writes that the surfaced Japanese ships during World War II were captured by the American military during the Battle of Iwo Jima in 1945. After the battle, they were moved to the western part of the island and used as breakwaters to protect other ships.
In the battle for Iwo Jima, more than 20 thousand Japanese troops and about 7 thousand Americans were killed. After the end of World War II, the island was under US occupation until 1968, when the Americans withdrew their troops and returned the territory to Japan. Today, a military base of the Self-Defense Forces is located on Iwo Jima, entry for civilians to the island is prohibited.
Earlier radio Sputnik reported on the number of victims of the earthquake in Chiba prefecture in Japan.