Without any warning, Mt. Ontake suddenly erupted trapping more than 200 hikers. The eruption continued for five hours. Vacationing or living near volcanoes as many major cities including Tokyo are very near active major volcanos, is dangerous. Most people have no idea what to do in an eruption. First thing is to cover the face, secondly, take shelter on the downside of large boulders though if it is a big explosion where the top of the mountain blows sky high, there is no way of staying alive within 50 miles.
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Iceland is a hot spot right on the rift valley in the Atlantic Ocean and has many volcanos many of whom are quite active. The French Revolution followed a major volcanic event 200 years ago which destroyed the crops and led to food riots, for example. As it is, this cold summer will be colder if there is a major eruption.
Darwin Airport shut as volcanic ash looms in far off Australia. Pictured from a passenger plane: Menacing 12-mile-high ash cloud looms over Indonesia’s ‘Mountain of Spirits’ after volcano erupts | Mail Online: this is a major eruption. Note also how ‘dirty’ it is. In just a few days, sun sets will be much redder and midday sun on a clear day will be set in a pale blue sky as a silken screen of fine dust will filter the sunlight.