"Sofugan is a steep-sided pinnacle that rises 99 m above the sea surface south of Tori-shima volcano. Its dramatic and isolated setting prompted it to also be known as "Lot's Wife Rocks." The basaltic-to-andesitic pinnacle is the remnant of a large stratovolcano that is 28 km wide at its base and rises 2200 m above the sea floor. A submarine depression lies between the pinnacle and an arcuate submarine ridge to the SW that rises to less than 150 m of the sea surface. In 1975 discolored sea water was observed about 500 m north of Sofugan, and the volcano was reclassified as active by the Japan Meteorological Agency in 2003."  -Smithsonian Volcano Archive
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