Saturday, March 10, 2018

Japan's Mount Shinmoedake: Eruptions Becoming Explosive

Mount Shinmoedake: Warning over Japan's James Bond volcano

Mount Shinmoedake has been spewing ash for days but eruptions turned explosive very early on Saturday.
Volcanic activity there could continue for several months, experts say.
In the 1967 James Bond film You Only Live Twice, Mount Shinmoedake was used to depict the exterior of a criminal organisation's secret lair.
On Saturday the country's meteorological agency issued new warnings, saying flying rocks could now be expected to reach a 4km radius around the volcano.

Mount Shinmoedake

The Japanese Meteorological Agency (JMA) said large explosions happened at 01:54 local time (16:54 GMT on Friday) and at 04:27 local time.
Smoke rose 4,500m (15,000ft) in the air.
Vibrations have caused nearby buildings to shake, and molten lava is running down one side of the volcano. 
An eruption in 2011 caused hundreds of people to leave their homes.

map of Mount Shinmoedake at far end of Japan from Tokyo

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