Unprecedented volcano warning near Japan’s only restarted nuke plant — Mountain is swelling, expanding — Large amounts of magma causing ‘sudden crustal movement’ — Gov’t Now: Extremely high risk of major eruption… Gov’t Before Nuke Restart: “Little chance of major eruption” (VIDEO)
Published: August 17th, 2015 at 8:29 am ET
The Independent, Aug 16, 2015 (emphasis added): Japan’s weather agency issued a warning… that the likelihood of the eruption of [Sakurajima] was extremely high… after it detected a spike in seismic activity… They have warned an evacuation of the city of just over 600,000 people may be necessary. [JMA] said: “The possibility for a large-scale eruption has become extremely high for Sakurajima.”… It comes as a nuclear reactor 50 kilometres (31 miles) away was switched back on.
Mainichi, Aug 17, 2015: On Aug. 15 alone, there were 1,023 volcanic earthquakes… the JMA has pointed out that crustal changes that indicate mountain swell as a result of a magma rise are still continuing… Kazuya Kokubo [with JMA said] “underground pressure hasn’t been relieved. An eruption could occur at any time.”
Asahi Shimbun, Aug 16, 2015: … the mountain [is] expanding… [officials] estimate that a large volume of magma continues to accumulate.
Reuters/Kyodo, Aug 15, 2015: The agency also said it had raised the warning level … to an unprecedented 4.
Jiji Press, Aug 17, 2015: [Japan] remained alert for signs of a major eruption… [An official] called on the public to act calmly… a major eruption could be imminent. Level 4 is the highest ever for Sakurajima… “I have lived in Sakurajima for more than 50 years but have not imagined we would have to evacuate,” said Emiko Miyashita, 80… crustal movement was also observed [and there’s] signs indicating magma has risen to near the volcanic vent… “It would be no surprise if it were to erupt at any moment,” an agency official said.
Wall St Journal, Aug 17, 2015: [Japan] remained on high alert for a major eruption at Mount Sakurajima… Seismic activity began increasing dramatically Saturday morning and data showed swelling of the mountain, the agency said.
Asahi Shimbun, Aug 15, 2015: [JMA] said a major eruption of volcanic Mount Sakurajima could be imminent… signs of sudden crustal movement were also observed… Agency officials said there were indications a much larger eruption was in the offing.
Yomiuri Shimbun, Aug 15, 2015: A major eruption is highly likely to occur, the agency said… There is a possibility that magma has risen to the shallow part of the volcano…
Jiji Press, Aug 12, 2015: [NRA, Japan’s nuclear regulator,] decided there is little chance of a major volcanic eruption in the next several decades.
NHK, Aug. 15, 2015: Officials say they are not taking any particular precautions because they think a possible eruption would not affect the plant.
Bloomberg, Aug 15, 2015: Volcanic rock and ash could cut off transport routes and prompt workers at Sendai to flee the nuclear site in the event of an eruption… engineering consultant John Large wrote.
The Times, Aug 11, 2015: Environmentalists complain that the company has paid insufficient attention to the effect of heavy ash fall on the plant’s machinery.
Jiji Press, Aug 12, 2015: Sendai nuclear power plant… has not designated a site for relocating nuclear fuel in the event of a massive volcanic eruption, claiming that warning signs would give Kepco enough time to prepare and transfer the fuel… In the event of a major eruption, however, pyroclastic flows could reach the plant and disable cooling functions… which could trigger massive radioactive emissions… The sheer volume [of spent fuel] makes it hard to find a relocation site big enough to take them… Toshitsugu Fujii, a member of the panel [advising the gov’t] said that the panel’s opinion is not necessarily consistent with that of the NRA.
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4 thoughts on “ENENews: Extremely high risk of major eruption… Gov’t Before Nuke Restart: “Little chance of major eruption””
Well that should heat things up and keep the Al Gore club happy. =) Seriously though Japan is in a scary situation and I am not sure what steps can be taken to improve their situation.
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When it comes to Japan, and the amount of radiation that continues to spew from Fukushima, I view it all very doom and gloom, so have gotten to where I try not to let my sentiments on the subject come across. I have bitched and moaned, and voiced my opinion repeatedly for years. I had to accept not everyone cares. But it continues to get worse, and the Pacific Ocean is now rebelling as well. I guess, when there is nothing left in the Pacific Ocean, maybe everyone who is sleeping on it, will awaken. I don’t know. I will never understand why all the countries have not pulled together to try to make it end. But I guess that would be asking too much.
Japan for years now, has not really even tried to find a fix. Yea, the ice wall, but that failed, and was too little too late.
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It is strange that world powers have not come together to find a fix. This is the problem I have with nuclear power if a mishap happens who is there that can actually fix/ clean it up? It appears based on Fukushima nobody can? I know it has been poisoning fish which make it to the markets here in the states. But what pray tell is being done about it.
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Nothing. At first, they tried to ignore it, hoping it would go away. Then they tried to convince everyone that it was not affecting America. Then, they tried to say that it was not affecting the Ocean.
Then when all these whales suddenly appear off CA coast, they talk about unprecedented, never seen so many that time of year, asking what could they be doing there, they were actually going up to boats as if they had something to say.
Like dduuuuhhhh. Why are you killing us? Why are you killing the oceans? Why don’t you do something?
These are mammals that have very, very long life spans. Their intelligence cannot be comphrehended by man. Man thinks that all animals are dumb, that man is the most intelligent of all species on earth. Humans (not necessarily men), are arrogant assholes that destroy everything they touch. They kill, they pollute, they abuse.
So, in reality, I think the whales and other marine life, came to CA coast to try to get help. We have let the earth down. We have polluted with that which cannot go away in our lifetimes. And for what?
Radiation kills. Period. We cannot control it, we cannot dispose of it. They build these damned plants on fault lines. How responsible is that?
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