Photo/IllutrationNishinoshima island in the Ogasawara island chain south of Tokyo spews up molten rocks in the dusk on June 16. This photo was taken from passenger ship Nippon Maru. (Provided by Kazuyoshi Miyoshi)

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A photographer was in the right place at the right time to take spectacular pictures of volcanic eruptions on Nishinoshima island in the Pacific Ocean on June 16.

Kazuyoshi Miyoshi, 58, shot the photographs aboard the passenger ship Nippon Maru, which was about 2 kilometers from the uninhabited island located about 1,000 km south of central Tokyo.

The vessel sailed around the island for about one hour, and volcanic eruptions occurred once in every several minutes during that period.

Miyoshi said he heard an explosive sound “don” with each eruption and saw black volcanic ashes falling from the sky.

When dusk arrived and it became darker, the brightness of the lava became more conspicuous.

“I never thought that I would be able to take photos of such impressive scenes,” Miyoshi said. “I became excited when the shape of the mountain became clear and beautiful with the red lava.”

In 2013, undersea volcanic eruptions created a new island near Nishinoshima. The continuing lava flow increased the size of the new landmass, and it eventually connected to Nishinoshima, part of the Ogasawara island chain.

After that, the volcanic activity subsided.

But in April this year, the island erupted for the first time in 17 months.

Miyoshi is known for his “Rakuen” (Paradise) series of photo collections, which include pictures of the natural scenes in the Ogasawara chain.