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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