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Saturday, April 21, 2018

Kyushu Volcano Erupts After 250-Year Siesta

Mount Iō (pronounced ee-oh), aka Mount Iwo, a volcano located in southern Japan, has erupted for the first time in 250 years.

It’s not an amazing feat - regardless of global media reporting it as though 250 years is a long time between eruptions.

Really, it’s not.

An active volcano, as defined by volcanologists, is a volcano that has had at least one eruption during the past 10,000 years. An active volcano might be erupting or dormant.

But you read that, right? 10,000 years between eruptions, and it is still considered to be “active”. In the life of a mountain or volcano, 250 years is nothing.

You can click HERE to have a look at a list I compiled of every single active volcano in Japan - all 118 of them.

And yeah… I put the list in alphabetical order and separated them by region.

And yeah… I some how missed this bloody volcano!!! Actually, I didn’t.

I can stop panicking.

It’s located under the nine listings of Kyushu volcanoes under the Kirishima listing.

Kirishima, in case you don’t want to look, consists of 18 small stratovolcanoes, which includes Mount Io (aka Mount Iwo).

While the Kirishima complex HAS erupted as recently as 2011, the Mount Io part of it hasn’t erupted since 1768.

Now, while I may have poo-poohed the severity of the Mount Io volcanic eruption, I shouldn’t have. People’s lives are at stake.

Warnings have been issued for towns near the 1,317-meter (4320.9 feet) high volcano, with the possibility of large rocks being spewed into the air by the eruption, but so far, only a large deposit of ash has been sent up into the air.

Like a dry fart.

And on that note - toot,
Andrew Joseph

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