Saturday, September 27, 2014

(OT: UPDATED) Mt. Ontake in Nagano Prefecture Erupts, 250 Climbers Trapped Near the Top, More Than 30 "Dead"


(UPDATE-4) Another word that the government agencies and mainstream news outlets are at great pains, for some unknown reason, to avoid is "pyroclastic flow". Government officials are busy denying that's what happened in Mt. Ontake. Volcanologists on Japanese Twitter are laughing at them, though.

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(UPDATE-3) Asahi (9/28/2014) special alert quotes Nagano Prefectural Police saying there are over 30 people on the summit who are "in a state of cardiopulmonary arrest" (i.e. most likely dead).

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(UPDATE-2) NHK today (9/28/2014) is saying there are more than 10 people on the summit who are "not moving" and "in a state of cardiopulmonary arrest". Not moving, not breathing, heart not beating, but NHK and other mass media are so afraid for some reason to say the word "dead", so as not to hurt the feeling of the family members of the "not moving, not breathing, heart not beating" climbers lying in the volcanic ashes, supposedly.

(I'd call it "TEPCOization" of news reporting. Remember those unfortunate workers who dropped dead for whatever reason within the Fukushima I NPP compound, and declared by TEPCO later that they suffered cardiopulmonary arrest and were taken to the hospital several hours later, where the doctors pronounced the patient dead. As far as TEPCO is concerned, the workers died at the hospital, not at the plant.)

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(UPDATE) Kyodo News quotes Nagano Prefectural Police saying 8 people have been seriously injured, and 7 of them are unconscious. There may be deaths.

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Still shot of the video taken by Asahi Shinbun; eruption is from multiple locations:


The mountain lodge is marked by the red circle:


Video taken by one of the climbers near the top of the mountain, from RT:



Jiji Tsushin (9/27/2014) reports that 8 people were injured with one person severely injured, and that there are about 250 people trapped near the mountain top. Jiji also mentions an unconfirmed report that 4 people are buried in the ashes, and one has been rescued.

There has been a series of small earthquakes in Nagano Prefecture in the past week.

I find it interesting that Jiji's news is under the "Great Eastern Japan Disaster" (March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami) section. No doubt in relation to Sendai Nuclear Power Plant in Kyushu, which has been cleared to resume operation despite a huge volcanic eruption risk nearby.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Another interesting fact is that, despite the many measuring instruments and devices installed in this area, this eruption seems to have caught everyone by surprise.

Anonymous said...

Whilst the precise timing of the eruption caught everyone by surprise, most would agree that an eruption was pretty much a 100% expected occurrence at some point in time.

That's what makes the decision to restart Sendai so scary - it's almost as if the govt/country has a death wish and is actively working to make it reality.

Vyse Legendaire said...

OT? Quite on topic I'm afraid.

Anonymous said...

It was really unfortunate that eruption happened in this season, during the weekend and near midday. A mouse trap for those who enjoy outdoor activities on their free time and woke up early that Saturday...sad

Anonymous said...

Will Phanfone turn the ash into mudslide?

Anonymous said...

Unfortunate, and probably related to recent precipitation.

"likely a phreatic eruption, a shallow steam explosion that is nearly impossible to predict"

"If groundwater leaks into the crack, the water immediately flashes into steam from the intense heat. This violent transformation pulverizes the surrounding volcanic rock."

http://www.livescience.com/48058-why-ontake-erupted-no-warning.html

Recent precipitation, greater likelihood of phreatic eruption.

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