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Japan: Water vapor column shoots 1 kilometer into air over Pacific Ocean: Report
AP ^ | 07/03/05

Posted on 07/03/2005 4:23:29 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster

Sunday July 3, 12:03 AM

Water vapor column shoots 1 kilometer into air over Pacific Ocean: Report

A 1-kilometer (3,300-foot) -high column of water vapor shot up from the Pacific Ocean off a tiny Japanese island on Saturday, indicating a possible undersea volcanic eruption, a report said.

The water vapor, resembling the steam emitted by a boiling kettle, was seen from the island of Iwo Jima by Japanese troops stationed there, Kyodo News agency said.

The vapor was roughly 50 kilometers (30 miles) southeast of the island, and was believed to have been caused by an erupting volcano on the ocean floor, the report said.

Japan's Coast Guard planned to dispatch aircraft to the area to conduct a survey on Sunday.

The Meteorological Agency said there was no danger of tsunami, potentially killer waves caused by undersea seismic activity or landslides.

Iwo Jima is about 1,120 kilometers (700 miles) southeast of Tokyo.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: catastrophism; eruption; godzilla; godzirra; iwojima; japan; montezumasrevenge; theregoestokoyo; underwatervolcano; vapor; volcano
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Japan Probes Water Vapor Near Iwo Jima

Sun Jul 3, 2:53 AM ET

TOKYO - Japan's Coast Guard dispatched aircraft Sunday to survey a 3,300-foot-high column of steam rising from the Pacific Ocean off a small Japanese island, in a possible sign of an undersea volcanic eruption, officials said.

The water vapor resembling a huge cloud, was seen from the island of Iwo Jima on Saturday by Japanese troops stationed there, said Hiroshi Shirai, a spokesman for the Maritime Self-Defense Forces.

Several soldiers witnessed the vapor in waters roughly 30 miles southeast of the island, he said. The defense officials who later conducted an aerial survey from a rescue helicopter also found the surface of the water in the area turning red, Shirai said, adding that there might have been an underwater volcanic activity.

On Sunday, Japan's Coast Guard sent aircraft to the area to conduct a more thorough survey in daylight. Coast Guard officials said officials are still trying to find out what exactly has occurred in the waters, and no further details were immediately available.

The Meteorological Agency said there was no danger of tsunami, which can be caused by undersea seismic activity or landslides. Iwo Jima is about 700 miles southeast of Tokyo.


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  Vapor billows from grayish mud that is rising up from the bottom of the ocean near where a 1 kilometer- (3,300-foot) high column of water vapor shot up in the Pacific Ocean, on Sunday July 3, 2005. Japanese coast guard officials said Sunday after an aerial survey that they believe an underwater eruption has caused a 1 kilometer- (3,300-foot) high column of water vapor to shoot up from the Pacific Ocean near Iwo Jima. (AP Photo/Kyodo News)

AP - 14 minutes ago


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  In this photo released by the Japan Coast Guard, vapor billows from what it describes rocks appearing above the sea near the area where a 1 kilometer- (3,300-foot) high column of water vapor shot up in the Pacific Ocean, on Sunday July 3, 2005. Japanese coast guard officials said Sunday after an aerial survey that they believe an underwater eruption has caused a 1 kilometer- (3,300-foot) high column of water vapor to shoot up from the Pacific Ocean near Iwo Jima. (AP Photo/Japan Coast Guard, HO)

AP - 16 minutes ago


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  A white column of water vapor that is about 1,000 metros (0.62 miles) high is seen in the Pacific Ocean off Iwo Jima, about 1,400 kilometers (870 miles) south of Tokyo July 2, 2005. The Japan Coast Guard issued warning to vessels planning to sail close to the area and plans an aerial survey beginning Sunday morning according to a local media report. Picture taken July 2, 2005. Photo by Reuters (Handout)

Reuters - 32 minutes ago


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  In this photo released by the Japan Coast Guard, the change in color of the seawater near where a 1 kilometer- (3,300-foot) high column of water vapor shot up from the Pacific Ocean is seen on Sunday July 3, 2005. Japanese coast guard officials said Sunday after an aerial survey that they believe an underwater eruption has caused a 1 kilometer- (3,300-foot) high column of water vapor to shoot up from the Pacific Ocean near Iwo Jima. The island seen in background is uninhabited Minami Iwo Jima. (AP Photo/Japan Coast Guard, HO)

AP - 44 minutes ago


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  A white column of water vapor is seen in the Pacific Ocean off Iwo Jima, about 1,400 kilometres (870 miles) south of Tokyo July 2, 2005. The Japan Coast Guard issued a warning to vessels planning to sail close to the area and plans an aerial survey beginning Sunday morning according to a local media report. REUTERS/Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force/Handout

Reuters - 1 hour, 41 minutes ago


1 posted on 07/03/2005 4:23:30 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster
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To: TigerLikesRooster; sushiman; Ronin; AmericanInTokyo; gaijin; struggle; DTogo; GATOR NAVY; Iris7

Ping!


2 posted on 07/03/2005 4:24:02 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster
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To: neverdem

Ping!


3 posted on 07/03/2005 4:27:04 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Godzilla lives!


4 posted on 07/03/2005 4:27:58 AM PDT by MARTIAL MONK
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Pretty neat. Iwo Jima is actually a large Caldera that has uplifted over 130 feet since 1779 (makes the bulging at Yellowstone look like a joke) but Iwo Jima itself has never had anything but tiny eruptions.


There was a similar submarine eruption offshore in 2001.


5 posted on 07/03/2005 4:34:07 AM PDT by Strategerist
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To: MARTIAL MONK
And can Gamera be far behind?


6 posted on 07/03/2005 4:39:25 AM PDT by snarks_when_bored
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To: Strategerist

Has there been any unusual seismicity reported?


7 posted on 07/03/2005 4:52:17 AM PDT by mewzilla (Property must be secured or liberty cannot exist. John Adams)
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To: snarks_when_bored
I think this one is the Smog Monster....


8 posted on 07/03/2005 5:01:30 AM PDT by xp38
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To: mewzilla

Maybe this is a sign that the BIGGY is just around the corner ?


9 posted on 07/03/2005 5:02:06 AM PDT by sushiman
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Carumba!


10 posted on 07/03/2005 5:02:14 AM PDT by Enterprise (Thus sayeth our rulers - "All your property is mine." - - - Kelo vs New London)
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To: sushiman
Maybe this is a sign that the BIGGY is just around the corner ?

Doubtful.

11 posted on 07/03/2005 5:04:20 AM PDT by Strategerist
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To: Enterprise

whale flatulence


12 posted on 07/03/2005 5:04:20 AM PDT by ReadyNow
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Looks like Yellowstone Nat'l Park


13 posted on 07/03/2005 5:06:13 AM PDT by nuconvert (No More Axis of Evil by Christmas ! TLR) [there's a lot of bad people in the pistachio business])
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To: Strategerist; sushiman

Or maybe the Pacific rim just twitching from that big quake in Dec? Kinda like an overweight lady trying to shimmy herself into a girdle a couple of sizes too small?


14 posted on 07/03/2005 5:06:39 AM PDT by mewzilla (Property must be secured or liberty cannot exist. John Adams)
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To: MARTIAL MONK
It's a little ironic to read about "Japanese troops" on Iowa Jima. This little dot of sulfur in the Pacific ocean will forever be sacred by the 6,000 Marines who died to kick the Japanese troops off the island.

Outside the cemetery where the Marines sleep someone carved the words:

"When you go home
Tell them for us and say
For your tomorrow,
We gave our today."

Happy 4th of July!
15 posted on 07/03/2005 5:13:37 AM PDT by R.W.Ratikal
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To: mewzilla
Or maybe the Pacific rim just twitching from that big quake in Dec?

Overall the number of large quakes worldwide, and certainly in the Pacific rim, remains well below normal, and really there's not much volcanism going on worldwide or in the Pacific Rim, especially in terms of large scale eruptions.

16 posted on 07/03/2005 5:14:05 AM PDT by Strategerist
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To: mewzilla

Kinda like an overweight lady trying to shimmy herself into a girdle a couple of sizes too small?

Hey now, let's don't get personal this morning. *wink*


17 posted on 07/03/2005 5:14:08 AM PDT by toomanygrasshoppers (Freud was wrong. It's all about "Roe v. Wade")
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To: Strategerist

I wan't thinking so much in terms of eruptions. I was just wondering if there'd been any harmonic tremors, which can indicate magma moving if I understand correctly?


18 posted on 07/03/2005 5:17:05 AM PDT by mewzilla (Property must be secured or liberty cannot exist. John Adams)
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To: toomanygrasshoppers
Hey now, let's don't get personal this morning. *wink*

Let's just say I have personal knowledge of what happens when an irresistable force meets an immovable object :)

19 posted on 07/03/2005 5:18:57 AM PDT by mewzilla (Property must be secured or liberty cannot exist. John Adams)
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To: ReadyNow

I think we just may have had a small earthquake in Central Kaleefornia. It sounded like a loud boom though.


20 posted on 07/03/2005 5:21:16 AM PDT by Enterprise (Thus sayeth our rulers - "All your property is mine." - - - Kelo vs New London)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

21 posted on 07/03/2005 5:23:46 AM PDT by Jim Noble (Resistance to Tyrants is Obedience to God)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Well, they'd better call a special Kyoto meeting to determine how they're going to deal with this new source of global warming activity. And what about local sea life affected by the suspended particulates and chemicals? Who's going to clean this up?


22 posted on 07/03/2005 5:25:04 AM PDT by polymuser
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To: Enterprise
I think we just may have had a small earthquake in Central Kaleefornia. It sounded like a loud boom though.

"It is a decision of the Supreme Court," said the minority leader. "So this is almost as if God has spoken."

Nah. Couldn't've been...

23 posted on 07/03/2005 5:28:06 AM PDT by mewzilla (Property must be secured or liberty cannot exist. John Adams)
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To: polymuser
Well, they'd better call a special Kyoto meeting to determine how they're going to deal with this new source of global warming activity.

As I've pointed out to the last 50,000 posters or so that have recycled old inane jokes about volcanoes and Kyoto, on balance volcanic activity COOLS the earth.

In fact the lack of large amounts of volcanic ash in the atmosphere since Pinatubo may be a contributor to recent high average temperatures worldwide.

24 posted on 07/03/2005 5:32:27 AM PDT by Strategerist
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To: mewzilla

Beats me; that can only be picked up by seismographs literally on top of the volcano.

I don't know if any of the Iwo Jima ones are avaliable on-line and if they'd even be close enough to the submarine eruption to do so.


25 posted on 07/03/2005 5:34:22 AM PDT by Strategerist
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To: Strategerist

Thanks! Fascinating stuff :)


26 posted on 07/03/2005 5:36:10 AM PDT by mewzilla (Property must be secured or liberty cannot exist. John Adams)
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To: xp38
Nothing beats Mothra.


27 posted on 07/03/2005 6:07:57 AM PDT by SIDENET ("You knew the job was dangerous when you took it, Fred")
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Ping!


28 posted on 07/03/2005 6:10:19 AM PDT by Calusa (Say Nick, was ya ever stung by a dead bee?)
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To: Enterprise

Ah! So! You are surprized?


29 posted on 07/03/2005 6:15:02 AM PDT by Ditter
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Izu Trench BTTT


30 posted on 07/03/2005 6:52:06 AM PDT by Cold Heart
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Japanese is such a difficult language. Are we sure we heard them right?


31 posted on 07/03/2005 7:09:05 AM PDT by Graymatter
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You worry too much.:-)

32 posted on 07/03/2005 7:10:36 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster
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To: ReadyNow

Beat me to it!

I was thinking fish farts.


33 posted on 07/03/2005 7:12:17 AM PDT by djf (Government wants the same things I do - MY guns, MY property, MY freedoms!)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Howard Dean says it's Bush's fault.


34 posted on 07/03/2005 7:19:06 AM PDT by Trimegistus
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To: Strategerist

There was a similar submarine eruption offshore in 2001.

Now haw does a submarine erupt? A bunch of angry sailors perhaps???

Yes, I know the meaning, just couldn't resist.


35 posted on 07/03/2005 7:24:05 AM PDT by moog
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To: TigerLikesRooster

This is the lead story on BBC Asia this morning:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/4646185.stm


36 posted on 07/03/2005 7:39:56 AM PDT by Our_Man_In_Gough_Island
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Great pics! Thanks!


37 posted on 07/03/2005 7:48:43 AM PDT by laishly
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To: Strategerist
Overall the number of large quakes worldwide, and certainly in the Pacific rim, remains well below normal, and really there's not much volcanism going on worldwide or in the Pacific Rim, especially in terms of large scale eruptions.


38 posted on 07/03/2005 7:54:20 AM PDT by mountn man (Everyone brings joy into a room. Some when they enter. Others when they leave)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

A good, timely article on a part of the world that deserves more coverage.


39 posted on 07/03/2005 7:57:27 AM PDT by Our_Man_In_Gough_Island
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To: R.W.Ratikal

Thanks for that -- it really got to me!


40 posted on 07/03/2005 8:13:27 AM PDT by Bernard Marx (Don't make the mistake of interpreting my Civility as Servility)
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To: SIDENET

Pooh. Monster Zero would eat Mothra for breakfast and clean his teeth with Mothra's antennae.

-ccm

41 posted on 07/03/2005 8:16:04 AM PDT by ccmay (Question Diversity)
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To: ReadyNow

Do you think MSM will cover chances for a tsunami with each whale fart from now on?


42 posted on 07/03/2005 8:40:01 AM PDT by xrp (Fox News Channel should rename itself the Missing Persons Network)
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To: ccmay

Godzilla PWNS your Monster Zero.

43 posted on 07/03/2005 8:43:16 AM PDT by xrp (Fox News Channel should rename itself the Missing Persons Network)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Wow, interesting pictures. Thanks for posting.


44 posted on 07/03/2005 8:49:12 AM PDT by hedgetrimmer
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To: xrp
Godzilla PWNS your Monster Zero.

Nonsense. Godzilla and Rodan together fought Monster Zero, but it ended as a stalemate. They were able to drive him away to Venus, but not kill him.

I stand by my assertion that Monster Zero is still the biggest baddest individual monster in the galaxy.

-ccm

45 posted on 07/03/2005 9:29:31 AM PDT by ccmay (Question Diversity)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Cool! Er...uh...hot?


46 posted on 07/03/2005 9:33:16 AM PDT by stboz
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To: xrp

Er...I thought that was Ghidra? :)


47 posted on 07/03/2005 9:36:05 AM PDT by mewzilla (Property must be secured or liberty cannot exist. John Adams)
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To: mewzilla

I think they're the same.


48 posted on 07/03/2005 9:42:49 AM PDT by xrp (Fox News Channel should rename itself the Missing Persons Network)
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To: xrp

Oh ho, he's got an alias! :)


49 posted on 07/03/2005 9:45:05 AM PDT by mewzilla (Property must be secured or liberty cannot exist. John Adams)
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To: Strategerist

There seem to be a large number of seismic activity around the Ring of Fire this last month, not to mention some hot real estate.


50 posted on 07/03/2005 12:32:10 PM PDT by Cvengr (<;^))
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