Sakurajima spews its highest volcanic column ever at 5,000 meters – AJW by The Asahi Shimbun raining volcanic ash on nearby port towns, this very active volcano in Japan’s Kyushu island’s southern edge has suddenly become much more explosive yesterday. The above two photos show how violent the recent eruption compares to a smaller eruption captured by Google’s traveling camera car.
Sakurajima is located in the Aira caldera, formed in an enormous eruption 22,000 years ago. Several hundred cubic kilometres of ash and pumice were ejected, causing the magma chamber underneath the erupting vents to collapse. The resulting caldera is over 20 km (12 mi) across. Tephra fell as far as 1,000 km (620 mi) from the volcano. Sakurajima is a modern active vent of the same Aira caldera volcano.
If Mount Fuji has a similar eruption like the one that blew the top half of Sakurajima off, this would pretty much destroy much of Tokyo. Like Sakurajima, Fujisama is erupting increasingly off of its eastern flank as tectonic plate movements shove Japan westwards. Mount Vesuvius is another explosive, very active volcano in Italy which looks very much like Sakurajima in profile. Before the Pompeii eruption, it looked more like Mt. Fuji. And typically of these sort of dangerous volcanoes, cities and towns surround them despite the obvious danger of these volcanoes violently destroying everything with little warning.
The buildup around this volcano is not anywhere near the Mt. Fuji or Vesuvius mountains. For example, over half a million people live in the ‘red zone’ in Italy and nearly 2 million in the yellow zone while Tokyo is one of the biggest cities on earth with many millions. Below is a photo taken during WWII of the 1944 explosion in Italy.
As per usual, weather prediction refuses to look at volcanoes to tell us what to expect. It has been an unusually cool summer this year in the Northeast US and Europe and I suspect there is sufficient dust from volcanoes as well as dust from the asteroid fragment that hit Russia recently combined with the sun having few sun spots which may be cooling down the northern hemisphere.
And then there is other news in Japan that is worse than a volcano as far as the deep in debt government is concerned: Japan Imports Surge Most Since 2010 as Trade Deficit Swells. The government is dealing with this by banging the war drums. Constitutional watchdog hints it won’t block Abe on military changes and the recent government visits to the war crimes shrine has enraged the rest of Asia. Japan Today: Japan News and Discussion
The US nearly totally ignores all this while giving the fascists who ran Japan into the ground more military support and diplomatic cover. Like Israel, Japan leeches off of our expensive military/diplomatic system for aggressive territorial demands that undermine US diplomacy and power.
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