6.4 Japan Earthquake / Tambora Scale VEI-7 Volcano Alert

Just wondering how long it’s going to be before we have an event like this…

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Kagoshima cityscape against the background of Sakurajima volcano. Japan, East Asia Kagoshima cityscape against the background of Sakurajima volcano. Japan, East Asia, 2009. By Mstyslav Chernov/Unframe/www.unframe.com (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia CommonsGuest essay by Eric Worrall

Japan has heightened monitoring on the Island of Kyushu, in the wake of a 6.4 Earthquake. Kyushu is a highly volcanic region which includes a the Aira Caldera and Mount Aso, VEI-7 volcanoes. The last major VEI-7 eruption, the eruption of Mount Tambora, is associated with the year without a Summer, a period of widespread famine and crop failure which occurred in 1816.

Japan earthquake: thousands flee fearing volcanoes and aftershocks

At least 44,000 people evacuated following 6.4-magnitude quake that killed at least nine.

Tens of thousands of people have been evacuated from earthquake-hit southern Japan as dozens of aftershocks struck and officials monitored nearby volcanoes for signs of activity.

A total of 44,000 people were…

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Inconvenient: AGU defies #Exxonknew critics, votes to continue relationship with ExxonMobil

I’m glad someone has some courage to stand up to the critics.

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The largest geophysical union in the world, the American Geophyscial Union, has decided to continue a relationship with Exxon amid all the #Exxonknew attacks that are going on. This sends a strong message to people that would seek to punish others for holding an alternate viewpoint on climate change and for not having the same viewpoint. I’m a member, and this came in my email today. – Anthony


AGU Board Votes to Continue Relationship with ExxonMobil and to Accept Sponsorship Support

Dear AGU Member,

As you know from my previous messages, the question of AGU’s relationship with ExxonMobil (and our relationship with the larger oil and gas industry) has been a topic of great discussion for the last few months. When the most recent request to end ExxonMobil sponsorship and address questions about how our community should respond to the urgency of climate change was received in February, in…

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