This powerful underwater volcano erupting in the south Pacific created a new island off the coast of Tonga. Tonga, a 170-island archipelago between Australia and Tahiti, is part of the Pacific "ring of fire" - an arc of earthquake and volcanic zones stretching from Chile in South America through Alaska and down through Vanuatu to Tonga.
Tell me your first thought isn't, "What a perfect spot for my secret evil lair!" A rock near Urup. Urup is an uninhabited volcanic island in the south of the Kuril Islands chain in the Sea of Okhotsk (northwest Pacific Ocean).