Skip to comments.Lightning and fire: Japan on alert after volcano's biggest eruption in 50 years
Posted on 01/27/2011 6:41:07 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach
A one-mile cordon has been established around a volcano on Mount Kirishima after it erupted scattering rocks and ash across southern Japan and sending smoke billowing 5,000ft into the air.
The Meteorological Agency raised the volcanic alert to level 3 as ash today continued to spew from Shinmoedake on Japan's southernmost main island of Kyushu, and residents have been banned from going within a mile of the volcano following its worst eruption in 50 years.
Force of nature: Lightning strikes as Shinmoedake erupts, scattering ash and rocks across a wide swathe of southern Japan
Ash and smoke continued to billow 5,000ft above Shinmoedake today as residents were banned from going within a mile of the volcano
Agency volcanologist Sei Iijima said the eruption did not pose a threat to nearby cities, and a major eruption was not imminent. But he added: 'You can never say never with a volcano, although the lack of magma movement beneath the surface leads us to believe that this activity won't lead to a large-scale eruption,' he told ABC News.
The volcano, one of 20 inside Mount Kirishima, began erupting around 7.30am yesterday morning and by 3pm heavy smoke had risen to nearly 5,000ft, prompting the meteorological agency to raise the alert level.
Volcanic activity is often reported at Kirishima, but this is the largest eruption recorded there since 1959.
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CO2 going into the atmosphere....
Where’s ALGORE? They better fine that volcano quick!
I liked that lighning photo....just WOW!
WOW!!! Thanks for the great pics!!
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That’s a Zot!
What, no mention of Godzilla yet on this thread, cool pics by the way, it’s a small island, I’d be a bit worried if I were there.
It could be SPECTRE’s newest Intruder Missile. I thought had read somewhere that this was the volcano used as the exterior location in YOLT.
The brown area is where this is happening.
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“What, no mention of Godzilla yet on this thread,...”
Be careful when you call for a giant green radioactive lizard...
he just may show up on this forum.
I've been busy dispelling rumors on a sister thread.
I read somewhere that the caldera under Yellowstone is bulging more and more each year. I think caldera is the term I’m looking for.
If Al *really* cared about the environment, he'd volunteer to be the "cork".
I am willing to sell Japan $1 billion of my carbon credits to offset this ecological calamity.
Yeah, images of volcanoes in the Japanese islands always seem to call for a kaiju or two. Nice pic by the way. Thanks for responding.
LOL, its nice to be wanted :)
Violent Tectonic Activity Tearing Africa in Two
Geologic transformation has “accelerated dramatically”
“In the last five years, the geologic transformation of northeastern Africa has “accelerated dramatically,” says Tim Wright, a fellow at the University of Leeds’ School of Earth and Environment. Indeed, the process is going much faster than many had anticipated. In recent years, geologists had measured just a few millimeters of movement each year. “But now the earth is opening up by the meter,” says Loraine Field, a scholar at the University of Bristol.
“In recent months, researchers have also recorded an up-tick in volcanic activity. Indeed, geologists have discovered volcanic eruptions near the earth’s surface at 22 places in the Afar Triangle in northeastern Africa. Magma has caused fissures up to eight meters (26 feet) wide to open up in the ground, reports Derek Keir from the University of Leeds.”
Interestingly, the kind of magma bubbling up in the region is the type otherwise only seen spewing forth from mid-ocean ridges, containing “the same chemical composition as the kind that emerges from deep-sea volcanoes.”
“The entire region increasingly resembles an ocean floor — one without water.”
“The new burst in activity began in 2005, when a 60-kilometer-long fissure suddenly formed in the Afar Depression. Since then, roughly 3.5 cubic kilometers (about 8/10 cubic miles) of magma have gushed forth, according to Tim Wright — enough to cover the entire area of London to an average person’s height.”
“From a geological perspective, the speed with which the magma is pushing forth is astonishing. It has been channeling its way through the rock below the earth’s surface at speeds of up to 30 meters per minute, reports Eric Jacques from the Institute of Earth Physics of Paris.
“Oxford University’s David Ferguson predicts a considerable increase in volcanic eruptions and earthquakes in the region over the next decade. They will, he says, “become of increasingly large magnitude.”
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Kirishima has frequent volcanic activity at the moderate level of Volcanic Explosivity Index 3. There has been only one VEI 4, in 788. By comparison, Mt. St. Helens was VEI 5.
This recent activity in the Afar Depression is quite something. When I read this I said to myself, and the magnetic pole is moving really fast. Then I saw you have a link about the pole. It is disconcerting to speculate what a pole reversal will do to the world.
"...global warming may only be part of a huge natural cycle (trees once grew near both north and south poles); that we have just finished a mini ice age; that a melting north polar ice-cap won't flood anything because when ice floating in water melts, the water does not rise - Archimedes Law - (and even a global rise of 10 degrees will only raise polar averages to -40C). That when Mount Pinatubo blew up, it spewed more greenhouse gas into the atmosphere than all human activity since the industrial revolution. And anyway, natural fluctuations of carbon dioxide absorption in the oceans and biomass dwarf anything humans produce. Of high interest, too, is that "global cooling" theory predicting a new ice age may be on the comeback because warming (if true) could create more snow and ice at the poles, locking up more of the earth's moisture, and...lowering the oceans."
Thanx Ernest_at_the_Beach !
Oh good! We could use a little gorebal warming around here.
There must be a clock somewhere...??
And pretty impressive display from any p0int of view. Time for Gore to step in and offer to stuff his behind in the crater hole to save these good folks.
Interesting. If you told a Kyushu volcano was erupting my first guess would have been Sakurajima or Aso. We stayed at an onsen in the Kirishima area in the late ‘90s. Beautiful scenery.
The magnetic isn’t only moving but the strength of the Earth’s magnetic field has been decreasing for quite a while now. It’s currently predicted to bottom out in strength by 2015. What will happen when it bottoms out I don know.