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Japan officials fear volcanic island could cause tsunami


By RYAN GORMAN

Officials in Japan are concerned an erupting volcanic island could collapse and create a tsunami.

The newly-formed island about 620 miles south of Tokyo is forming at a rate of about 7-million cubic feet of molten lava a day, and officials fear those slopes could fall into the ocean and cause a catastrophe.

"If lava continues to mount on the eastern area, part of the island's slopes could collapse and cause a tsunami," Fukashi Maeno, assistant professor of the Earthquake Research Institute at the University of Tokyo, told AFP.

The volcano is spewing enough lava each day to fill 80 Olympic-sized swimming pools, explained Maeno.

A collapse of about seven days worth of accumulated lava would send a three-foot-high wall of water towards neighboring island of Chichijima at a speed faster than a bullet train, according to the scientist.

It would wash over the island only 18 minutes after the collapse. About 2,000 people live on Chichijima, which is the largest island in an archipelago administered by the Tokyo metropolitan government.

"We studied the simulation this morning, and we are thinking of consulting with earthquake prediction experts... about the probability of this actually happening, and what kind of measures we would be able to take," an official with the Japan Meteorological Agency told AFP.

JMA monitors earthquakes and tsunamis and the agency is watching for signs of trouble while deciding on whether to take any protective measures.

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Jay August 20 2014 at 5:39 AM

18 min warning......I would be getting the hell out of there already.

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jjdp Jay August 20 2014 at 9:45 AM

Time for a vacation if I lived there, I totally agree Jay.

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dal August 20 2014 at 6:09 AM

Then get off the damn island until the danger passes, tell everyone to get and evac those who can't. simple enough.

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Kate dal August 20 2014 at 11:06 AM

Unfortunately it is not really that simple, although some steps along those lines should be taken. With such a small population, they probably do not have a lot of places they can go, or relatives anywhere nearby. It is only a guess, of course, but they are probably mostly a fishing community.

In the meanwhile, Japan is certainly working on it.

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rothhammer1 August 20 2014 at 7:47 AM

It would be a good time to seek high ground... .

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chuck August 20 2014 at 9:28 AM

dont build so close to the shore or low lyeing areas. how many times do you have to be wiped out before you get the idea?

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jennypenny06 chuck August 20 2014 at 10:16 AM

You do realize that people can't just stop building in places that are often threatened by natural disasters, right? Say we stopped building near the shore because of tsunamis, stayed away from volcanoes, avoided building in the mountains in case of a landslide...human beings would run out of space pretty quickly! Almost every place on Earth could be at risk of being wiped out by some tornado, earthquake, flood, or any other disaster.

And also...try having a little compassion for the people living there instead of coming off like a smug jerk.

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Kate chuck August 20 2014 at 11:09 AM

Considering that they are probably a fishing community, of course they are close to the shore. Volcanic islands do not occur every day, you know, so this was not predictable.

While you are busy making them sound like idiots, what is your opinion of people who live on the Gulf coast, or in Tornado Alley states?

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halt1025 August 20 2014 at 5:35 AM

Michelle 2016

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benhurr4 August 20 2014 at 11:00 AM

Officials in Japan are concerned an erupting volcanic island could collapse and create a tsunami.

They also speculate it could keep building and create a new island, which China might try to claim.

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katrinabennet August 20 2014 at 10:24 AM

Move... but not near me!

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Kate katrinabennet August 20 2014 at 11:13 AM

Why not? Do you think the islanders are somehow contagious?

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geoff2u August 20 2014 at 9:51 AM

"Three feet of water" will wash over the island? Must be a typo.

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bdgrizcp geoff2u August 20 2014 at 10:05 AM

It isn't the size of the tsunami as much as it's the speed with which it hits, and the slope of the seafloor when it makes landfall. The momentum of the 'wall of water' is the issue.

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balaland August 20 2014 at 9:13 AM

Aww , A new-baby island, who is going to claim it Japan or China....

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theteam4us August 20 2014 at 8:34 AM

Call the EPA , this is adirect violation of the air pollution laws. Lock up god . Throw away the key . He has got to stop doing this . Obama I am sure will comment on this problem todat coming back fom vacation for a press conference

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jjdp theteam4us August 20 2014 at 9:53 AM

It's not nice to mess with MOTHER NATURE! LOL

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