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Erupting volcano off the coast of Japan could cause tsunami

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The Extinction Protocol

August 2014JAPAN – An erupting volcanic island that is expanding off Japan could trigger a tsunami if its freshly-formed lava slopes collapse into the sea, scientists say. The small, but growing, island appeared last year and quickly engulfed the already-existing island of Nishinoshima, around 1000 kilometers south of Tokyo. It now covers 1.26 square kilometers. The island’s craters are currently spewing out 200,000 cubic meters of lava every day – enough to fill 80 Olympic swimming pools – which is accumulating in its east, scientists said. “If lava continues to mount on the eastern area, part of the island’s slopes could collapse and cause a tsunami,” warned Fukashi Maeno, assistant professor of the Earthquake Research Institute at the University of Tokyo. He said a rockfall of 12 million cubic meters of lava would generate a one metre tsunami that could travel faster than a bullet train, hitting the…

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August 24, 2014 at 12:12 am

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