In 1963 something strange happened off the coast of Iceland. Smoke and steam started rising above the waters, followed by rapidly solidifying lava. This grew into the island of Surtsey. It was pretty interesting to scientists to see a new volcanic island rise out of the abyss, and the biologists had a field day. First birds landed on it, dropping twigs and seeds. It was amazing how quickly plants took root, and a small ecology developed within weeks and months of Surtsey rising above the waves.
This summer a yacht near the Tonga Archipelago in the Southwest Pacific found new volcanic island, rising out of the ocean, after sailing though an area of ocean covered with a raft of pumice (a volcanic rock which floats fairly well). They documented it in their Web log and the sighting was also confirmed by a fishing boat. There has been no official confirmation by the Tongan government as yet. The pictures are something special.
Sailing to Vulcan’s Forge
Wake through the rocky ocean of pumice
There are no reliable sightings of a great city rising from the waves with great and ancient buildings with strange and impossible angles and shapes. There is absolutely no evidence of a gate that should never be opened, and the architecture is definitely NOT “loathsomely redolent of spheres and dimensions apart from ours.” The is absolutely positively no sign saying the R’lyeh Arms.
Ph’nglui mglw’nafh Cthulhu R’lyeh wgah’nagl fhtagn!
Map showing how horrendously far great R’lyeh is from either of these islands
Map of Tonga