This occurred yesterday evening (july 26 going into july 27 JST)..
This video above, is a follow up eruption from the main caldera this time — truly impressive to see at night… a very long lasting eruption of lava…complete with large volumes of ash, several large static discharge lightning events, and even several flashes of what appears to be some kind of plasma …
The day before.. on July 25, 2012 — we saw the back side of the mountain erupt a VERY sizable plume, and send off massive shockwaves visible for many thousands of feet. It had been several years since the last time the back side of sakurajima showed noticeable activity.
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A NEW CALDERA HAS FORMED !!! behind the common erupting caldera.. on the back side of the mountain… a new area has exploded ! It began steaming MONTHS ago.. October 2011.
documented the new steaming which began in Oct. on my blog here:
Sakurajima online cameras have not been posting the past few months..
today.. (july 24, 2012) we see a VERY LARGE blast occur… it is a daytime eruption.. so we’re not going to see too much glowing lava or lightning off of this.. however… the size of the blast shock wave, and the size of the ash plume fallout show the magnitude of this eruption.
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Well said Mr. Letterman !
I could add my own punchline.. but it wouldn’t be much better… I’d say.. not only are we screwed.. but… we’re FRACKED !
On Wednesday night’s “Late Show,” host David Letterman took several minutes to share his thoughts on fracking. Scolding the “greedy oil and gas companies of this country,” Letterman said, “Ladies and gentlemen, we’re screwed.”
Letterman drew attention to his concerns about water contamination as a result of fracking, saying, “The Delaware Water Gap has been ruined. The Hudson Valley has been ruined. Most of Pennsylvania has been ruined. Virginia, West Virginia has been ruined. Colorado has been ruined. New Mexico has been ruined.”
Fracking, also known as hydraulic fracturing, is a controversial drilling method for extracting natural gas. It has spread throughout the U.S. in recent years, despite growing acknowledgement of the risks involved. Nationwide Insurance recently became the first major U.S. insurer to announce that it would not cover damage related to fracking. According to AP, Nationwide said in an internal memo, “We have determined that the exposures presented by hydraulic fracturing are too great to ignore.”
Fracking is currently in the spotlight in New York, where activists are calling on Governor Andrew Cuomo to reject the drilling practice. Despite a ban since 2008, reports suggest that Cuomo may consider permitting fracking in several counties of the Empire State’s Southern Tier.
“Late Night” host Jimmy Fallon also recently addressed fracking on his show, joining Sean Lennon and Yoko Ono in a song called “Don’t frack my mother.”
Watch a clip of Letterman’s rant above and watch the entire July 18 “Late Show” episode at CBS.com.