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40 Volcanoes Are Erupting Right Now...
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…and 34 Of Them Are Along The Ring Of Fire



You may not have noticed, but our planet is becoming increasingly unstable.  According to Volcano Discovery, 40 volcanoes around the globe are erupting right now, and only 6 of them are not along the Ring of Fire.  If that sounds like a very high number to you, that is because it is a very high number.  As I have written about previously, there were a total of 3,542 volcanic eruptions during the entire 20th century.  When you divide that number by 100, that gives you an average of about 35 volcanic eruptions per year.  So the number of volcanoes that are erupting right now is well above the 20th century’s average for an entire calendar year.  And of course we are witnessing a tremendous amount of earthquake activity as well.  Nepal was just hit by the worst earthquake that it had seen in 80 years, and scientists are telling us that the Himalayas actually dropped by an astounding 3 feet as a result of that one earthquake.  How much more does our planet have to shake before people start paying attention?



Of course the things that we have been seeing lately are part of a much larger long-term trend.  Seismic activity appears to have been getting stronger over the past few decades, and now things really seem to be accelerating.  The following is how one news source recently summarized what we have been witnessing…




If it seems like earthquakes and erupting volcanoes are happening more frequently, that’s because they are. Looking at global magnitude six (M6) or greater from 1980 to 1989 there was an average of 108.5 earthquakes per year, from 2000 to 2009 the planet averaged 160.9 earthquakes per year: that is a 38.9% increase of M6+ earthquakes in recent years. Unrest also seems to be growing among the world’s super-volcanoes. Iceland (which is home to some of the most dangerous volcanoes on the planet), Santorini in Greece, Uturuncu in Bolivia, the Yellowstone and Long Valley calderas in the U.S., Laguna del Maule in Chile, Italy’s Campi Flegrei – almost all of the world’s active super-volcanic systems are now exhibiting some signs of inflation, an early indication that pressure is building in these volcanic systems.




But of course most Americans are never going to care about any of this until it starts affecting them personally.



Well, perhaps they should start paying attention to the warning signs.  In recent weeks we have seen significant earthquakes in Michigan, Texas, Mississippi, California, Idaho And Washington.  In addition, it is being reported that pressure is building in dormant volcanoes in Arizona and California.  Just because we have not had a killer earthquake or a large volcanic eruption in the U.S. in recent years does not mean that it will always be that way.  Right now the entire planet appears to be waking up, and this especially seems to be true of the Ring of Fire.



If you are not familiar with the Ring of Fire, just imagine a giant ring that runs around the outer perimeter of the Pacific Ocean.  Approximately 90 percent of all earthquakes and approximately 75 percent of all volcanic eruptions occur within this area, and the entire west coast of North America is considered to be part of the Ring of Fire.



For so long, the west coast has been incredibly blessed not to have experienced a major seismic event.  But scientists tell us that it is only a matter of time.



And right now, just about every other part of the Ring of Fire is shaking violently.



For example, a magnitude 6.8 earthquake just hit Japan on Wednesday




A magnitude-6.8 earthquake that shook northeast Japan on Wednesday was an aftershock of the devastating 2011 quake that triggered a massive tsunami and nuclear power plant meltdown.



“We consider this morning’s earthquake to be an aftershock of the 2011 Northeastern Pacific Earthquake,” said Yohei Hasegawa, an official at the Japanese meteorological agency.



The temblor, which struck just after 6 a.m. local time (5 p.m. ET Tuesday), was sparked by the Pacific tectonic plate “subducting,” or moving under, the main land plate, he added.



Hasegawa warned that more tremors may be on the way.




One Japanese expert is warning that Japan “might have entered an era of great earthquakes and volcanic eruptions“, and considering the immense devastation that the great earthquake and tsunami of 2011 caused, that is a very sobering assessment.



Meanwhile, a series of very strong earthquakes have struck Papua New Guinea recently as well.  The following comes from the Washington Post




A powerful earthquake rattled Papua New Guinea on Thursday, the fourth strong quake to hit the South Pacific island nation in a week. The temblor prompted officials to issue a local tsunami warning, but it was lifted shortly afterward with no reports of damage.



The 7.1-magnitude quake struck about 150 kilometers (94 miles) southwest of the town of Panguna on Bougainville Island at a depth of 23 kilometers (14 miles), the U.S. Geological Survey reported.




Once again, just because things have always been a certain way does not mean that they will always be that way.



As Americans, we are not accustomed to being concerned about major earthquakes and massive volcanic eruptions, but that could soon change in a big way.



The truth is that our planet and our sun are changing in ways that are unpredictable and that our scientists don’t completely understand.



For example, a recent LiveScience article discussed the fact that scientists are deeply puzzled by the fact that the magnetic field of our planet is getting weaker 10 times faster than previously believed…




Scientists already know that magnetic north shifts. Once every few hundred thousand years the magnetic poles flip so that a compass would point south instead of north. While changes in magnetic field strength are part of this normal flipping cycle, data from Swarm have shown the field is starting to weaken faster than in the past. Previously, researchers estimated the field was weakening about 5 percent per century, but the new data revealed the field is actually weakening at 5 percent per decade, or 10 times faster than thought. As such, rather than the full flip occurring in about 2,000 years, as was predicted, the new data suggest it could happen sooner.




And in a previous article, I discussed how one scientist has discovered that activity on the sun is declining at a faster pace “than at any time in the last 9300 years” right now.



I don’t pretend to have all the answers for why these things are happening, but clearly some very unusual things are taking place.



So what do you think?



Do you believe that you know why our planet and our sun are experiencing such dramatic changes?



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Re: Global Vulcanism Update
« Reply #91 on: May 16, 2015, 05:27:44 AM »
I have no expertise at all in these matters but have always had in my mind the possibility of a major earthquake hitting the US and causing an instantaneous financial collapse. Of course I always think of Los Angeles or San Francisco being piles of ruble, but it could happen anywhere at anytime.

Nothing makes us aware of our own fragility and is more humbling than a reminder from Mother Nature.  ::)

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Re: Global Vulcanism Update
« Reply #92 on: May 16, 2015, 10:55:12 AM »
I Moved this thread from the Environment Board to the Geological & Cosmological Events Board.

I may merge it with the Earthquakes thread.

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Re: Global Vulcanism Update
« Reply #93 on: May 16, 2015, 10:59:56 AM »
I don't know how many folks realize this but Orange County, Calif.
is built upon a ledge over the Pacific. If, say a 9.0 or greater were
to crack off over that general area, there could be a lot of missing
real estate in a matter of minutes. I'm glad I moved away in the
early nineties. I feel more secure parked on solid bed rock. That
vulcanism in Calif. is yet to rear it's ugly head. But it's coming to
a burb near those folks soon.
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Re: Global Vulcanism Update
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Global Vulcanism Update: JAPAN VOLCANO BLOWS EXPLOSIVELY
« Reply #95 on: May 29, 2015, 12:53:35 AM »
Fortnately at the southern tip of the archipelago.

If/when Mt Fuji blows like this, the Nips will be in even worse shape than they already are.

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Japan Issues Highest Alert, Evacuation Warnings After Volcano "Explosively" Erupts - No Injuries Reported

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First, earthquakes; then tsunamis; then household spending collapses for the 13th month in a row... and now Japan is dealing with a volcano. NHK reports that Kuchinoerabu-jima, a volcano on Kuchinerabu Islands (off the southern-most tip of Japan) has erupted "explosively." Officials have asked local inhabitants to evacuate the area. As yet there are no reported injuries.

 

 

  • *JAPAN PRIME MINISTER'S OFFICE SETS UP CRISIS CENTER ON VOLCANO

The volcano is at the southerm-most tip of Japan...

JMA Warning:

 

Bloomberg reports,

  • Japan Meteorological Agency raises warning level on volcano on island of Kuchinoerabujima, off southern coast of Japan’s Kagoshima, to highest level of 5 after “explosive” eruption.
  • Level 5 warning calls for evacuations
  • Pyroclastic flow after volcano has reached coast

Offcial JMA Statement:

Volcano name Kuchinoerabujima eruption alarm (residential areas)
Heisei 07 minutes at 27 May 29 June 10 Fukuoka District Meteorological Observatory Kagoshima Local Meteorological Observatory

** (Heading) **

<Eruption warning to Kuchinoerabujima (eruption alert level 5, evacuation) Announces>
?Please refer to the strict vigilance (correspondence of evacuation, etc.) in a residential area of ??interest.
<Pull the eruption alert level from 3 (Iriyama regulation) to 5 (evacuation)>

** (This statement) **
1. Situation and forecast alarm matters of volcanic activity
?The new Takeshi, explosive eruption occurred in 59 minutes at 09 today (the 29th). This
With the eruption, pyroclastic flow occurs, it has reached to the coast.
?Strict vigilance in Yakushima-cho Kuchierabujima residential areas the arrival of pyroclastic flow is expected (
Please refer to the correspondence) of the evacuation, and the like.

2. Target municipalities, etc.
?In the following municipalities, please strict vigilance, such as evacuation in the residential areas
.
  Kagoshima Prefecture: Yakushima-cho

3. Such as disaster prevention on vigilance matters
?In the residential areas that stream of pyroclastic flow is imminent, strict vigilance (corresponding evacuation, etc.)
Please refer to the.
?Please follow the instructions of evacuation, etc. of Yakushima-cho.?

<Pull the eruption alert level from 3 (Iriyama regulation) to 5 (evacuation)>

** (Note: The description of the eruption alert level) **
[Level 5 (evacuation)]: required evacuation and the like from the dangerous residential areas.
[Level 4 (evacuation preparation)]: Prepare for evacuation in the necessary residential areas warning, disaster
          Required evacuation, etc. requiring assistance person.??????
[Level 3 (Iriyama regulation)]: climbing ban and Iriyama - site regulations to regulations dangerous areas
          Etc.. Evacuation preparation, etc. of a disaster requiring assistance person depending on the situation.
[Level 2 (crater peripheral regulation)]: - site regulations of the crater around.
[Level 1 (normal)]: - site regulations into the crater depending on the situation.
(Note: The target area of ??evacuation and regulations, differ depending on local conditions and volcanic activity)

*  *  *

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As Michael Snyder of The Economic Collapse blog, you may not have noticed, but our planet is becoming increasingly unstable.  According to Volcano Discovery, 40 volcanoes around the globe are erupting right now, and only 6 of them are not along the Ring of Fire.  If that sounds like a very high number to you, that is because it is a very high number.  As I have written about previously, there were a total of 3,542 volcanic eruptions during the entire 20th century.  When you divide that number by 100, that gives you an average of about 35 volcanic eruptions per year.  So the number of volcanoes that are erupting right now is well above the 20th century’s average for an entire calendar year.  And of course we are witnessing a tremendous amount of earthquake activity as well.  Nepal was just hit by the worst earthquake that it had seen in 80 years, and scientists are telling us that the Himalayas actually dropped by an astounding 3 feet as a result of that one earthquake.  How much more does our planet have to shake before people start paying attention?

Of course the things that we have been seeing lately are part of a much larger long-term trend.  Seismic activity appears to have been getting stronger over the past few decades, and now things really seem to be accelerating.  The following is how one news source recently summarized what we have been witnessing…

If it seems like earthquakes and erupting volcanoes are happening more frequently, that’s because they are. Looking at global magnitude six (M6) or greater from 1980 to 1989 there was an average of 108.5 earthquakes per year, from 2000 to 2009 the planet averaged 160.9 earthquakes per year: that is a 38.9% increase of M6+ earthquakes in recent years. Unrest also seems to be growing among the world’s super-volcanoes. Iceland (which is home to some of the most dangerous volcanoes on the planet), Santorini in Greece, Uturuncu in Bolivia, the Yellowstone and Long Valley calderas in the U.S., Laguna del Maule in Chile, Italy’s Campi Flegrei – almost all of the world’s active super-volcanic systems are now exhibiting some signs of inflation, an early indication that pressure is building in these volcanic systems.

But of course most Americans are never going to care about any of this until it starts affecting them personally.

Well, perhaps they should start paying attention to the warning signs.  In recent weeks we have seen significant earthquakes in Michigan, Texas, Mississippi, California, Idaho And Washington.  In addition, it is being reported that pressure is building in dormant volcanoes in Arizona and California.  Just because we have not had a killer earthquake or a large volcanic eruption in the U.S. in recent years does not mean that it will always be that way.  Right now the entire planet appears to be waking up, and this especially seems to be true of the Ring of Fire.

If you are not familiar with the Ring of Fire, just imagine a giant ring that runs around the outer perimeter of the Pacific Ocean.  Approximately 90 percent of all earthquakes and approximately 75 percent of all volcanic eruptions occur within this area, and the entire west coast of North America is considered to be part of the Ring of Fire.

For so long, the west coast has been incredibly blessed not to have experienced a major seismic event.  But scientists tell us that it is only a matter of time.

And right now, just about every other part of the Ring of Fire is shaking violently.

For example, a magnitude 6.8 earthquake just hit Japan on Wednesday

A magnitude-6.8 earthquake that shook northeast Japan on Wednesday was an aftershock of the devastating 2011 quake that triggered a massive tsunami and nuclear power plant meltdown.

 

“We consider this morning’s earthquake to be an aftershock of the 2011 Northeastern Pacific Earthquake,” said Yohei Hasegawa, an official at the Japanese meteorological agency.

 

The temblor, which struck just after 6 a.m. local time (5 p.m. ET Tuesday), was sparked by the Pacific tectonic plate “subducting,” or moving under, the main land plate, he added.

Hasegawa warned that more tremors may be on the way.

One Japanese expert is warning that Japan “might have entered an era of great earthquakes and volcanic eruptions“, and considering the immense devastation that the great earthquake and tsunami of 2011 caused, that is a very sobering assessment.

Meanwhile, a series of very strong earthquakes have struck Papua New Guinea recently as well.  The following comes from the Washington Post

A powerful earthquake rattled Papua New Guinea on Thursday, the fourth strong quake to hit the South Pacific island nation in a week. The temblor prompted officials to issue a local tsunami warning, but it was lifted shortly afterward with no reports of damage.

 

The 7.1-magnitude quake struck about 150 kilometers (94 miles) southwest of the town of Panguna on Bougainville Island at a depth of 23 kilometers (14 miles), the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

Once again, just because things have always been a certain way does not mean that they will always be that way.

As Americans, we are not accustomed to being concerned about major earthquakes and massive volcanic eruptions, but that could soon change in a big way.

The truth is that our planet and our sun are changing in ways that are unpredictable and that our scientists don’t completely understand.

For example, a recent LiveScience article discussed the fact that scientists are deeply puzzled by the fact that the magnetic field of our planet is getting weaker 10 times faster than previously believed…

Scientists already know that magnetic north shifts. Once every few hundred thousand years the magnetic poles flip so that a compass would point south instead of north. While changes in magnetic field strength are part of this normal flipping cycle, data from Swarm have shown the field is starting to weaken faster than in the past. Previously, researchers estimated the field was weakening about 5 percent per century, but the new data revealed the field is actually weakening at 5 percent per decade, or 10 times faster than thought. As such, rather than the full flip occurring in about 2,000 years, as was predicted, the new data suggest it could happen sooner.

And in a previous article, I discussed how one scientist has discovered that activity on the sun is declining at a faster pace “than at any time in the last 9300 years” right now.

I don’t pretend to have all the answers for why these things are happening, but clearly some very unusual things are taking place.

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Re: Global Vulcanism Update: JAPAN VOLCANO BLOWS EXPLOSIVELY
« Reply #96 on: May 29, 2015, 01:00:48 AM »

Volcano erupts without warning on Kuchinoerabu Island; evacuation underway

Kyodo, Staff Report

 

A volcano exploded into life Friday morning on lightly populated Kuchinoerabu Island in Kagoshima Prefecture, sending smoke and ash soaring into the sky. Authorities ordered residents and visitors to evacuate.

The 9:59 a.m. “explosive” eruption of the 650-meter Mount Shindake, the main peak on the island, resulted in a plume over 9 km high and a pyroclastic flow which reached the coast, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

All 137 islanders were confirmed safe, including a 72-year-old man who received a burn to his forehead but was able to walk unaided, the Fire and Disaster Management Agency and local authorities said.

Residents and visitors on Kuchinoerabu were expected to be evacuated by ferry and coast guard vessel to the nearby island of Yakushima by Friday evening, Yakushima town office said. The island 100 km south of Kyushu is usually reachable only by two ferry routes.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told reporters, “I have instructed the relevant personnel to do all they can to ensure the safety of islanders.”

A weather agency official told a news conference that there is a risk of a second eruption and associated pyroclastic flows. So far, he said, the pyroclastic flows had not struck the populated Maeda district.

Located about 100 km south of the southern tip of Kyushu, Kuchinoerabu has only about 100 full-time residents.

Some of those believed to have been present at the time were short-term visitors. The prefectural government said 141 people in all, from 78 families, were required to evacuate.

The evacuation warning came after the weather agency upgraded its alert for the island to the highest level of 5, up from the previous level of 3, which imposed limits on climbing the volcano.

The prime minister’s office in Tokyo set up a response team at its crisis management center, and the Japan Coast Guard dispatched a large patrol ship to the area.

Kuchinoerabu has repeatedly witnessed eruptions and earthquakes, some of them deadly. Mount Shindake erupted in 1841, destroying villages and claiming many lives, while a series of eruptions from late 1933 to early 1934 left eight people dead and 26 injured.

Until Friday, the volcano’s most recent eruption had been on Aug. 3 last year. That eruption prompted 87 people, including some individuals visiting on business, to leave the island the following day.

Experts had recorded unusual activity for about a decade leading up to last year’s eruption, and the latest blast could be a relatively large, prolonged one, said Associate Professor Ryusuke Imura of Kagoshima University.

Meanwhile, the eruption on Sept. 27 last year of Mount Ontake in central Japan was the nation’s worst postwar volcanic disaster, claiming the lives of hikers near the summit. Fifty-seven people were confirmed dead, but six individuals remain missing, presumed buried under ash and rock.

The hot-spring district of Mount Hakone near Tokyo has seen its ground level rise by up to 15 cm in two weeks this month, as sulfurous steam gushes from vents in the mountain’s flank.

Kagoshima Prefecture’s Mount Sakurajima erupted explosively in August 2013, unleashing a plume that reached an altitude of 5 km. The same mountain had 178 small eruptions in March alone and last week one resulted in a plume 4.3 km high.

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Re: The Toba Memorial Volcano Thread
« Reply #97 on: June 04, 2015, 04:18:51 AM »
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Re: The Toba Memorial Volcano Thread - Cotopaxi erupts in Ecuador
« Reply #98 on: August 15, 2015, 02:55:37 PM »


After an increase in seismicity since mid-April 2015, Ecuadorian volcano Cotopaxi erupted on August 14, 2015, for the first time since 1940.

There were at least three eruptions registered on August 14, the first at 09:30, second at 15:15 UTC and third at 19:10 UTC, according to Washington VAAC. Volcanic ash reached an estimated altitude of 15.2 km (50 000 feet) by the end of the UTC day. Highways, homes and cars near the volcano were coated in ash.

Cotopaxi is an active stratovolcano in the Andes Mountains, located about 50 km (31 miles) south of capital Quito, Ecuador. It is one of the world's highest volcanoes, reaching a height of 5 897 m (19 347 feet), and is considered one of the world's most dangerous volcanoes due to a glacial cover that makes it prone to fast-moving volcanic rock and mud flows, or lahars, and its proximity to a heavily populated area.


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Re: The Toba Memorial Volcano Thread -- Mt Aso (Asosan) Erupts in Japan
« Reply #99 on: September 14, 2015, 11:43:22 AM »
Japan's Asosan volcano erupted about 00:43 UTC on Monday, September 14, 2015, sending a plume of thick black smoke and ash about 2.1 km (1.2 miles) into the air and disrupting flights.

According to the Japan Meteorological Agency, Asosan erupted without warning in one of Nakadake craters. The agency has raised the volcanic alert level from 2 to 3 - do not approach the volcano.

According to media reports, there were about 100 tourists and other visitors in the vicinity of the volcano at the time of eruption, but they were all quickly evacuated. There are no reports of injuries.

JMA's senior coordinator for volcanic affairs, Sadayuki Kitagawa, warned that a second eruption was possible "with possibility of volcanic rocks landing in an area over a 1 km radius (0.62 miles)." Kitagawa urged people to be vigilant for flying rocks and ash within a 2 km radius.

http://thewatchers.adorraeli.com/2015/09/14/mount-aso-asosan-on-japan-s-kyushu-island-erupted-early-monday-september-14/

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2015/09/14/national/mount-aso-erupts-belching-black-plume/#.VfcM1Je6Ot9

Comment: Aso is also a large caldera system capable of "supervolcano" eruption.  Though further eruption is likely there is NO current indication this eruption will become massive or "interesting" beyond the immediate area.

Further historic and geologic info on the Aso caldera is here:

http://www.volcanocafe.org/a-wedge-of-worry-aso-caldera-ndvp-4/

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Re: The Toba Memorial Volcano Thread
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Nicaraguaís Momotombo volcano erupts for 1st time in 110 yrs
« Reply #101 on: December 03, 2015, 10:05:57 PM »
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Nicaraguaís Momotombo volcano erupts for 1st time in 110 yrs


Lava flows from the Momotombo volcano during an eruption as seen from Papalonal village, Nicaragua, December 2, 2015. © Reuters
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Colima volcano spews ash clouds in West Mexico
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Volcano Erupts "Spectacularly" 50km From Japanese Nuclear Plant
« Reply #103 on: February 05, 2016, 05:47:06 PM »
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Volcano Erupts "Spectacularly" 50km From Japanese Nuclear Plant

Submitted by Tyler Durden on 02/05/2016 19:30 -0500

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Last August, in a hilarious example of bad timing, Japan restarted its first nuclear reactor since the Chernobyl redux at Fukushima just as a nearby volcano was set to erupt.

Sakurajima, one of the countryís most active volcanos, erupts almost constantly, but experts warned the next eruption could be ďthe big oneĒ, so to speak.

At the time, The Japan Meteorological Agency raised the warning level from 3 to 4.


4 means "prepare to evacuate."

"The possibility for a large-scale eruption has become extremely high for Sakurajima," the Agency said. As for what fate would befall someone who failed to heed an evacuation warning, well letís just say that molten stones "could rain down on areas near the mountain's base."

As we noted, the real problem is Sakurajimaís location - itís just 50 kilometers from the Sendai nuclear power plant.


On Friday Sakurajima erupted at 7 p.m. local time.

"The Meteorological Agency banned entry to the area, expanding an existing no-go zone around the crater to a 2-kilometer (1.2-mile) radius," AP reports, adding that "Friday's eruption, while dramatic, was average compared to Sakurajima's past eruptions" including the last incident in September.

Here are the visuals.


For now no injuries have been reported and there's apparently no threat to Sendai which RT reminds us is only "built to withstand a tsunami of 15 meters, well below 2011ís peak tsunami height of 40 meters."

Kyoto University volcanologist Kazuhiro Ishihara says everything should be fine, but "of course we must keep monitoring the volcanic activity."

Yes, "of course" we should. Because as we documented last year, Sendai's operators and local authorities have no comprehensive plan to evacuate residents in the event of a meltdown. We close with a quote from Yoshitaka Mukohara, a representative of a group who opposed the Sendai restart:

    ďThere are schools and hospitals near the plant, but no one has told us how children and the elderly would be evacuated.

     

    ďNaturally there will be gridlock caused by the sheer number of vehicles, landslides, and damaged roads and bridges.Ē
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Re: Volcano Erupts "Spectacularly" 50km From Japanese Nuclear Plant
« Reply #104 on: February 05, 2016, 07:35:08 PM »
Sake wine will never taste the same...  :(
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