Predicting Japan’s next big earthquake–should we worry? Probably

Japan is home to 110 active volcanoes, 47 of which are monitored continually by the Japan Meteorological Association (JMA). Japan also holds seven percent of all the active volcanoes in the world.

Last year, Mount Ontake in Nagano Prefecture exploded without warning, killing over 60 people, many of them hikers. Mount Hakone in the hot springs resort town near Mount Fuji is on level-2 alert. Mount Fuji itself, a dormant volcano and World Heritage site is being looked at with a wary eye by many and authorities are advising hikers to wear helmets, dust masks and goggles when climbing. The volcano that most appears in the news, however, is Sakurajima, located off Kyushu, which is also one of the world’s most active volcanoes.

“Dutchsinse,” a self-proclaimed “News Personality” who has a cult following on Facebook and YouTube gives a near daily video update of volcanic and earthquake activity around the world. He recently highlighted Japan’s volcanoes and earthquakes and warns that pressure building in the region of Sakurajima, along with other multiple large eruptions in the Pacific region, could be a sign of something bigger to come.

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Surrounding areas of Sakurajima doused in volcanic ash, so they’re hoping you’ll buy some! Hai! Douzo!

See those bright and chipper faces above? Those are residents of Tarumizu City in Kagoshima Prefecture. They’re understandably bummed since mother nature recently used their city as an ashtray as a record high plume erupted from the local Sakurajima volcano. Even the  rolled eyes of Sakurajima’s own Yuru-kyara mascot, Sakurajimon, belie his insincere smile.

However, there are some who couldn’t be happier for this monumental eruption. These people are the makers of canned volcanic ash from Sakurajima sold as Hai! Douzo!! for only 100 yen (US$1) a can!

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Sakurajima’s 500th eruption this year goes off with a bang and a huge cloud of ash

When it comes to terrifying displays of the power of Mother Nature, Japan never fails to deliver. These incredible photos capture the volcanic eruption off the coast of Kyuushu yesterday afternoon.

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Yoshi Emerges from Active Volcano in Japan

Sakurajima is a well-known volcano in the South of Japan for its continuous activity that often blankets nearby towns in ash.  However, on the particular day that this photo was taken, something with even more star power popped out the mountain as if it were a polka dot egg.

Yes, what appears to be Nintendo’s hungry hungry dino, Yoshi, was photographed over the volcano one day.  At least most people in Japan see Yoshi… maybe we’re too accustomed to giant lizards towering over our cities.

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