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Sakurajima volcano in southwestern Japan erupts for 2nd day in row

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Most people do not have boulder fall on them,but die of poison gas

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One hour of the same grainy film on the news last night. I would of thought they had special cameras and sensors all over the place, as well as film of people arriving on evacuation boats.

I got caught there one time and had to evacuate. The ash was incredible and even when we got to Kagoshima it was 15cm.

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I camped on the island a few years back, next to a gas station.

Scary mountain, probably not my wisest choice.

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When we were up there in 2019 I took a photo of a sign near where the bus lets you off, letting us know it was a 3.5 km run to the nearest shelter. Yeah, if you’re lucky, I thought. It’s a spectacular place, but you wouldn’t want to get caught up there. Best of luck to everyone, hope the mountain settles down.

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Can we send all those "TikTok Challenge creators" to the mouth of its crater - and give them a "Now get out of that!" challenge... ?

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I've hiked all through the Kirishima/Kinkowan National Park on Sakurajima. It was so HOT (the sun), and also underfoot! That's what I remember the most. I always came away from my hiking there with a sense of awe of nature - there's just some things in the world that are completely out of human's control - an active volcano reminds us that the Earth always will win over humans every day of the year, and we humans just can't control everything around us.

I hope my friends in Kagoshima-shi are safe from the ash and gas plumes!

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Ive visited sakurajima a couple times .

The first time had to leave because the gas fumes were too strong.

After the typhoon passed there was just enough time to bicycle around the island before the gas and ashes resumed.

Giant diakon.

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Kyo wa heiwa dayo neToday  09:18 am JST

Ive visited sakurajima a couple times .

Do people live within 2.5km of the volcano?:

Volcanic stones fell up to 2.5 kilometers from the volcano, 

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Fuji san is a passive volcano

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painkiller

Today 09:33 am JST

Kyo wa heiwa dayo neToday 09:18 am JST

> Ive visited sakurajima a couple times .

> Do people live within 2.5km of the volcano?:

> Volcanic stones fell up to 2.5 kilometers from the volcano,

A volcano like this one can shoot stones of many sizes and a lot farther than 2.5 km if a full eruption happens.

The island is only about 50 km in circumference which means around 8 km in diameter so as usual pretty much everyone and everything is vulnerable to rocks falling from the sky.

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AntiquesavingToday  10:01 am JST

A volcano like this one can shoot stones of many sizes and a lot farther than 2.5 km if a full eruption happens.

The island is only about 50 km in circumference which means around 8 km in diameter so as usual pretty much everyone and everything is vulnerable to rocks falling from the sky.

It's like running with scissors . . .

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Sakurajima is not an island. The lava flows of the 1914 eruption connected it with the Ōsumi Peninsula. It is a  peninsula,

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Kagoshima City officials have issued an evacuation order to residents in the two towns of Arimura and Furusato, comprising 33 households of 51 people.

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painkiller

Today 10:03 am JST

AntiquesavingToday 10:01 am JST

> A volcano like this one can shoot stones of many sizes and a lot farther than 2.5 km if a full eruption happens.

> The island is only about 50 km in circumference which means around 8 km in diameter so as usual pretty much everyone and everything is vulnerable to rocks falling from the sky.

> It's like running with scissors .

It is like my parent's neighbours back home, the houses around the lake where they live experience heavy erosion from melting snow from the mountains above to the point that some house start to side down the hill towards the lake.

Engineers recommended these homes be move back far from the hill and a less erosion prone area but that means losing the view of the lake.

Well most intelligent people followed the advice but a few refused preferring to keep their view.

Well as expected several of these houses ended up sliding down the hill into the lake but still there are those who are still at risk refusing to move their houses back to a safer place.

Certain Sakurajima residents are like that despite multiple evacuations, despite have to live in evacuation temporary housing, despite being offered assistance in relocating to the mainland permanently, they insist on returning to the island and repeat the same thing over and over again.

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I flew over it once a number of years ago when it was erupting. The plume went straight up till it met the jet stream or whatever where it took an abrupt 90* turn sideways. Quite a sight.

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Around 4,500 people inhabit Sakurajima, and the nearby city of Kagoshima, with a population of roughly 600,000 people, is located around four kilometers from the volcano, separated by the coastal waters. It is rare for any city in the world to be situated so near to a volcano that erupts daily.

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There are 23 volcanic eruptions simultaneously going on around the world now.

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AntiquesavingToday  10:18 am JST

Well most intelligent people followed the advice but a few refused preferring to keep their view.

Before I moved to Japan, I asked a Japanese friend about suggestions on where to live other than Tokyo; she said, Anywhere but Kagoshima, because of the volcano.

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painkiller

 what about the other 110 volcanoes?

In Japan, there are 111 active volcanoes (Figure 1), many of which potentially produce hazards and pose risks due to future eruptions.

https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/feart.2020.00205/full

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I worked in Kagoshima for many years, having to go there for extended periods.

I had to drive the company car during these periods.

I felt like I was back in Canada in winter having to clear off the snow from the car windows etc... before driving except it wasn't snow it was fine volcanic ash.

Now this was in Kagoshima city right near Yamakataya department store and quite a distance from the volcano on Sakurajima.

Why anyone would insist on living on Sakurajima I will not understand.

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painkiller

Today 10:25 am JST

AntiquesavingToday 10:18 am JST

> Well most intelligent people followed the advice but a few refused preferring to keep their view.

> Before I moved to Japan, I asked a Japanese friend about suggestions on where to live other than Tokyo; she said, Anywhere but Kagoshima, because of the volcano

I agree, (though Nagoya tops my list I hate everything about that place) I love Kagoshima, I have met some of the nicest people ever in Japan there.

I worked with the Department store the nicest one in all of Japan, great and I mean really great food.

But that volcano makes living there a pain couldn't even leave a window open if I didn't want ash in the apartment, and forget hanging laundry outside.

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wallaceToday  10:29 am JST

painkiller

 what about the other 110 volcanoes?

In Japan, there are 111 active volcanoes (Figure 1), many of which potentially produce hazards and pose risks due to future eruptions.

I guess my friend was concerned about eruptions.

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Since I live in Kagoshima City, I thought I might post an update from the front line. Actually, everything seems pretty normal here, beyond the small radius of the warning zone; perhaps a bit more hazy than last week due to atmospheric ash? It really doesn't feel like the Last Days of Pompeii (but then I guess some residents of Pompeii didn't think they were living through the last days up to the end either).

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painkiller

111 active volcanoes mean they could erupt at any time. A Mount Fuji eruption would bring dark to Tokyo. The greater Tokyo metropolitan area would effectively cease to function within hours of a full-scale eruption of Mount Fuji.

Reports say there would be 750,000 "refugees"

https://japantoday.com/category/national/mt-fuji-eruption-expected-to-cause-750000-refugees

Tokyo is facing an overdue mega quake.

I live in a place without volcanoes, never had a tsunami, and earthquakes are very few.

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wallaceToday  11:06 am JST

painkiller

111 active volcanoes mean they could erupt at any time. A Mount Fuji eruption would bring dark to Tokyo. The greater Tokyo metropolitan area would effectively cease to function within hours of a full-scale eruption of Mount Fuji. 

Reports say there would be 750,000 "refugees"

https://japantoday.com/category/national/mt-fuji-eruption-expected-to-cause-750000-refugees

Tokyo is facing an overdue mega quake.

I live in a place without volcanoes, never had a tsunami, and earthquakes are very few.

I presume my friend, as a Japanese national, was speaking in metaphorical terms, meaning, Don't live where there is a volcano that might blow anytime (or where a tsunami might crush your house) and it might be difficult to escape from the vicinity.

So, I also never lived close to any of the other 110 volcanoes, or in the path of a potential tsunami.

As for living in Tokyo, if the big one hits, I can at least wander on foot for a few days to a safe haven, as opposed to being on an island getting rained upon with volcanic ash and having to swim for it.

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painkiller

you seem an overcautious type since you said you never talk to any non-household member for more than 15 minutes.

As for living in Tokyo, if the big one hits, I can at least wander on foot for a few days to a safe haven, as opposed to being on an island getting rained upon with volcanic ash and having to swim for it.

As I pointed out the error of another post, Sakurajima is not an island. The lava flows of the 1914 eruption connected it with the Ōsumi Peninsula. It is a peninsula.

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painkiller

there are 21 active volcanoes near Tokyo.

https://www.data.jma.go.jp/svd/vois/data/tokyo/STOCK/souran_eng/intro/volcano_list.pdf

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wallaceToday  11:32 am JST

painkiller

you seem an overcautious type since you said you never talk to any non-household member for more than 15 minutes.

As opposed to talking to non-household members for 15 minutes, without wearing s mask? I just don't want to catch Covid. Isn't that a normal precaution?

As I pointed out the error of another post, Sakurajima is not an island. The lava flows of the 1914 eruption connected it with the Ōsumi Peninsula. It is a peninsula.

Sakurajima isn't in Kagoshima Prefecture?

Again, metaphor here. And in the end, who really would willingly live in the range of an active volcano if you have other choices?

I learned this from my readings on Pompei.

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Just like in Hawaii, you learn to live with volcanoes. If people didn't live in any area prone to natural disasters or even nuclear disasters, there would be very little space remaining.

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painkiller

Today 11:39 am JST

I warned you don't get sucked in, not picking is the rule and will go on all day if you get sucked in.

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@painkiller

Even when sakurajima isnt spewing lava and spouting rocks its constantly releasing alot of ash and gasses.

My opinion there's nowhere safe on that island.

In 2015 i was scheduled to go hiking up Kuchinoerbujima but two typhoons kept me from getting there .

Lucky !

One in Beppu and the second in kagoshima.

I took the Tokara boat to Amami instead.

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Fuji san is a passive volcano

I quite agree. Any volcano that puts up with the kind of abuse some climbers mete out must be passive. But there will come a day when “Second to None” puts its foot down.

Switching gears, this from Wiki:

“It [Mt. Fuji] is a volcano that has been dormant since its last eruption, in 1707, but is still generally classified as active by geologists.”

So it seems that 不ニ山 has only nodded off, speaking in terms of geological time.

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With all that ash around we might see temperatures drop a bit?

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@painkiller

Your correct it's not technically an island but for all purposes it basically is as you need the ferry to get there realistically.

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Kyo wa heiwa dayo neToday  12:34 pm JST

My opinion there's nowhere safe on that island.

I will never go there; but I hope the ash from Sakurajima makes a nice sunset today.

wallaceToday  11:32 am JST

painkiller

you seem an overcautious type since you said you never talk to any non-household member for more than 15 minutes.

I admit to being a little over-cautious. Just took a bike ride and put on SPF30 lotion with Zinc oxide.

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