9/28/2014 — Freak Tsunami like ‘storm surge’ waves hit the coast of Turkey — Black Sea

A strong unexpected storm surge hit the shores of Turkey, along the Black Sea.

More like a tsunami, the elevated ocean can be see going off to the horizon. Waves taking out everything in their path.

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“The storm started in the morning of Wednesday and hit the Black Sea province of Giresun, triggering flash floods in many parts of the province that damaged cars on the Black Sea Highway and a number of buildings close to the coast.

Giresun’s coastal areas were badly affected by the storm, which flooded Atatürk Boulevard, Port and Gemilerçekeği neighborhoods. The police station, firehouse and other buildings on Atatürk Boulevard were damaged, and cars stuck in traffic were unable to move.

Giresun Mayor Kerim Aksu examined the submerged area and noted that the overflow problem occurs after every storm or heavy rain. “Giresun is faced with this danger at least once every five years. We saw the same situation in 1999 and 2009. The sea overflowed to the road, and cars on the road were dragged by waves like toy cars. Today we have experienced the same. We have been stating for years that the road (the Black Sea Highway) is not suitable for the climate of the region. Vehicles and buildings were damaged because of this issue. This road threatens the safety of people and of property. This issue should be discussed in detail as soon as possible.” He also criticized the Turkish Highway Directorate (TCK) for not correcting mistake.

Aksu also said he was happy no one has died because of the storm, adding: “Our people must keep calm and be careful of these kind of disasters. I request that they not use their vehicles unless it is urgent; people should use public transportation. Our municipality is helping the victims. Disaster and emergency teams are working very hard. According to the most recent reports, 30 cars were damaged because of the flooding. We need to take provisions against overflows.”

Since the day it was opened in 2007 by then-prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the Black Sea Highway has been an issue of debate among locals. According to the Sol Portal news outlet, former Minister of Transportation, Maritime Affairs and Communications Binali Yıldırım admitted that the Black Sea Highway project was mistake. “The project cost around TL 700 trillion and we could not stop the project … I now can easily admit this and state that the highway must be rebuilt.”
The fact that the coastline was filled with rocks in order to built roads has been especially criticized.


9/28/2014 — 30 hikers found dead in Japan from Mount Ontake Volcano surprise eruption

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Reports are now surfacing that 30 hikers have been found dead on the trails of Mt. Ontake in Japan.

A surprise eruption of the normally somewhat ‘quiet’ volcano caught over 200 hikers in the sudden ash cloud on the trails surrounding the volcano.

Rescues still under way.


Now the rescuers are confirming much higher casualties from this event:

Awesome video of the Ontake eruption:


“Thirty hikers have been found lifeless near the peak of Mount Ontake, after Saturday’s sudden volcanic eruption.

The hikers were not breathing and their hearts had stopped, reports said. Final confirmation of death in Japan always comes via a medical examination.

About 250 people were trapped on the slopes of the popular beauty spot, but most have got down safely.

The volcano, about 200km (125 miles) west of Tokyo, erupted without warning on Saturday, spewing ash and rocks.


The eruption forced many of those on the mountain to make emergency descents through clouds of volcanic ash and falling rocks.

Almost 50 people were thought to have stayed on the mountain overnight, reports said.

As the search effort intensified earlier on Sunday, officials said they were searching for 30 people feared missing or buried by ash.

Confirmation soon came that a similar number of people had been found unresponsive on the mountain.

“We have confirmed that more than 30 individuals in cardiac arrest have been found near the summit,” a Nagano police spokesman told the AFP news agency.

Military helicopters plucked seven people off the mountainside earlier on Sunday, according to reports, and workers on foot were also helping others make their way down.

Clouds of ash spew from Mount Ontake, 28 September 2014The eruption continued under clear blue skies on Sunday
Rescue teams working at a mountain refuge on Mt Ontake, 28 September 2014Teams have been recovering people from mountainside lodges now covered in thick volcanic ash
Volcanic smoke rises from Mount Ontake, 27 September 2014.Residents over a large area have been warned of the risk of falling stones

No warning

Japan is one of the world’s most seismically active nations but there have been no fatalities from volcanic eruptions since 1991, when 43 people died at Mount Unzen in the south-west.

The BBC’s Rupert Wingfield-Hayes, in Tokyo, says it’s not clear why there was no warning of Saturday’s eruption.

Japan monitors its volcanoes closely and any that show signs of activity are immediately closed to hikers – but this time that did not happen.

The sudden eruption on Saturday was described as “like thunder” by one woman who runs a lodge near the summit.

Heavy, toxic volcanic ash up to 20cm (8in) thick covered much of the mountain, reports said.

“All of a sudden ash piled up so quickly that we couldn’t even open the door,” Shuichi Mukai, who worked in a mountain lodge just below the peak, told Reuters.

“We were really packed in here, maybe 150 people. There were some children crying, but most people were calm. We waited there in hard hats until they told us it was safe to come down.”

Ordinarily Mount Ontake is a popular place to see autumn foliage.

Its peak is 3,067m (10,120ft) high and the mountain is a popular hiking route, dotted with lodges, cabins and well-marked trails.

Smoke from the eruption rises from Mount Ontake (27 September 2014) The colours on Mount Ontake are usually a big draw for walkers at this time of year

9/27/2014 — Unexpected Eruption of Mt. Ontake Volcano in Japan traps hikers in ash — RAW video

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An unexpected eruption of Mount Ontake volcano in Japan has occurred, trapping nearly 200 hikers. 8 were injured.

This impressive raw video shows the fast incoming blast of hot volcanic ash overcoming hikers on the mountain.




Mt. Ontake in central Japan erupts

Japan’s Meteorological Agency is warning people to stay away from Mount Ontake in central Japan following a volcanic eruption.

The agency said the volcano on the border between Nagano and Gifu prefectures erupted shortly before noon on Saturday.

Video taken by an NHK helicopter shows the volcano spewing gray smoke up into the sky.

The agency upgraded its 5-stage volcanic alert level to 3 — which urges people not to approach the mountain.

Firefighters say about 200 climbers have taken shelter at a cottage near the top. They say a few people are reportedly injured.

Mount Ontake last erupted 7 years ago. An eruption in 1979 damaged farm crops.”