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Aerial view of Sofugan
Aerial view of Sofugan
Waters Pacific Ocean
Archipelago Izu Islands
Geographical location 29 ° 47 '39 "  N , 140 ° 20' 31"  E Coordinates: 29 ° 47 '39 "  N , 140 ° 20' 31"  E
Sōfugan (Japan)
length 84 m
width 56 m
surface 0.37 ha
Highest elevation 99  m
Residents uninhabited
The rock island of Sofugan
The rock island of Sofugan

Sōfugan ( Japanese 孀婦 岩 , also: Sōfu-iwa , literally: "Widow's Rock", freely translated from Lot's Wife Rock ) is a small rocky island of volcanic origin in the Pacific Ocean . It is the southernmost island of the Izu Islands .


Like the entire chain of Izu Islands, Sōfugan is administratively part of Tokyo Prefecture . They are part of the Hachijō sub-prefecture, which is administered from Hachijō-jima . However, like the three Izu Islands Bayonnaise Rocks , Sumisu-jima and Torishima, they do not belong to any municipality and are therefore de facto a municipality-free area . They are claimed by the communities of Aogashima and Hachijō .


Sōfugan is about 650 km south of Tokyo and 76 km south of the neighboring island of Torishima . The rock, which protrudes almost vertically from the ocean, has dimensions of 84 × 56 meters (0.005 km²) and reaches a height of 99 m above sea level. Sofugan represents the top of a stratovolcano represents the m high rises 2,200 from the seabed.


Sōfugan was discovered by John Meares on April 9, 1788 and baptized Lot's wife , based on the biblical person Lot , whose wife, according to tradition, has frozen into a pillar of salt . On February 8, 2008, Sofugan hit the headlines when a Russian military aircraft of the Tupolev Tu-95 type is said to have entered Japanese airspace for three minutes near the island.

Web links

Commons : Sōfugan  - collection of images, videos and audio files


  • John Meares: Voyages Made in the Years 1788 and 1789, from China to the North-West Coast of America , (reprint), Amsterdam: N. Israel, 1967.

Individual evidence

  1. 東京 都 . (No longer available online.) In: 平 成 27 年 全国 都 道 府 県 市区 町 村 別 面積 調 . Kokudo Chiri-in , October 1, 2015, archived from the original on July 29, 2016 ; Retrieved July 29, 2016 (Japanese). Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  2. AFP: Russian bomber cuts into Japanese airspace: official ( Memento from February 12, 2008 in the Internet Archive ) (English)
  3. [1] (in German)