Shinmoedake erupts: lava, ash and lightning over Japan


34 Responses to “Shinmoedake erupts: lava, ash and lightning over Japan”

  1. noen says:

    Oh no, there goes Tokyo
    go go godzilla

  2. Anonymous says:

    Reminds me of the monster in Forbidden Planet.

  3. William George says:

    I live in Miyakonojo. It’s a bit over thirty kilometers away from the eruption.

    The city is on a wide plain surrounded by mountains, so it’s constantly windy here. And this time of the year, it tends to blow from the direction of the Kirishima peaks. The ash mostly blows around when stirred up by passing cars. The ash is really fine and gets into everything. The masks they sell here are meant to keep you from sneezing on people, not keep nasty things out, so they’re useless.

    The sun is shining right now because the ash plume is being blown in a different direction. However, there is the occasional window-shaking boom coming from the volcano which has been keeping me on my toes.

    Aside from cleaning up the ash, life is pretty much as it always has been.

    Obviously, I’m hoping it stays that way. But I do plan to strike an amusing pose just in case I get entombed a la Pompeii.

  4. MadRat says:

    William George: Cool story bro! (Seriously, thank you.)

    headfirstonly: Thanks, I was wondering which Bond movie it was.

  5. AnneH says:

    Not only is volcanic lightning spectacular, it may have been how life on earth started.

  6. jenjen says:

    Those lightning shots are amaaaazing. That must be something else to see live.

    • Anonymous says:

      Look closely at the first pic of lighting – see if you see what I did – looks like a dragon head coming out of the lava – way cool

  7. Anonymous says:

    Those photos with the lightning look totally metal.

  8. Edman says:

    Dat ash…

  9. dainel says:

    This year’s crop may be lost. But next year’s would be great. Isn’t volcanic ash a good fertilizer?

  10. RumorsofmyDemise says:

    That top shot is DYING to be a metal album cover.

  11. tsturm says:

    Wow – that first photo looks apocalyptic. Checked on a map where this is happening and realized that I’ve actually been hiking along the flanks of this volcano several years ago… it was all sulphur-steamy and hissy back then and seems to have gone downhill from there.

  12. Baron Karza says:

    Look out for those giant crystal towers rising out of the earth in all this — SupēsuGojira is on his way!!

  13. teapot says:

    I had always assumed that Japanese anime was visually insane because of Japan’s historical penchant for hallucinogens, but it’s actually because their volcanoes shoot lightning!


  14. Anonymous says:

    in reply to anon.

    Its just you. ;-}ceived jurtign

  15. Anonymous says:

    Nothing that a rinse under the tap won’t fix on the veggies!

  16. Anonymous says:

    Is it me, or is the earth sending us a message?

  17. teapot says:

    I just realised that this volcano is very close to another I have seen IRL in Kagoshima. As we cruised past it on a boat I asked a nice old Japanese man who was super-keen to practice his English “Does it always smoke like that?”. I couldn’t believe that people can so easily live next a fiery hole in the earth that could kill them at any moment. It sure made for a nice sunset, though.

  18. Crawford Tillinghast says:

    Oh yeah, I remember that one. Dr. Evil was gonna use it for his super-fortress, luckily I managed to talk him out of it.

  19. Anonymous says:


  20. Anonymous says:

    It’s like a real life Iron Maiden album.

  21. Anonymous says:

    The magic of HAARP at work.

  22. Anonymous says:

    Anyone else see the head of Godzilla in the first picture? He’s in the center, roaring towards the right.

  23. Anonymous says:

    HOLY COW! MAN! That’s awesome! but sad. Very very sad. Man Volcano’s scare me.

  24. Anonymous says:

    Whatsever. Mades for good album cover.

    Also, first photo looks like something out of the climactic battle from Nick’s ‘Avatar: the Last Airbender’ series.

  25. TheCrawNotTheCraw says:

    Monsters fron the Id

  26. Anonymous says:

    It’s a shame that there aren’t to ninja battling at the rim of that volcano. That would have been a cool shot.

  27. Anonymous says:


  28. phlavor says:

    Its just a stunt for the new Deathklok album.

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