As Northern Japan Struggles With Tsunami Aftermath, Southern Shinmoedake Volcano Resumes Eruptions

Tyler Durden's picture

Something very serious is happening with Japan's underlying geology: while the north has been paralyzed by the aftermath of the 9.0 magnitude earthquake and resulting Tsunami, and is scrambling to prevent a nuclear disaster, the south is issuing flashing red light signals of its own: the Shinmoedake volcano, which had resumed eruptions after last known was reported in 2009. As Wikipedia notes: " As of February 2011, a lava dome was growing in the volcano's crater." It is unclear if the volcano's activity, which is notable for having been used as a location in the 1967 James Bond film, You Only Live Twice, as the volcano in which the villains' secret rocket base is located, is related to the geological tremors beneath Japan but it is very likely. The question is just how many faultlines will have shifted after all is said and done, and just what may have precipitated all of this.


And location:

From AP:

The weather agency says a volcano in southern Japan  is spewing ash and rock again as the country struggles with the aftermath of a catastrophic earthquake and tsunami in the north.

The Meteorological Agency issued a warning Sunday saying that Shinmoedake volcano resumed activity after a couple of quiet weeks.

The mountain is on Kyushu island, 950 miles (1,500 kilometers) from the epicenter of Friday's magnitude 8.9 earthquake and resulting tsunami, which devastated much of the country's northeastern coast.

It was unclear if the eruptions were linked to quake. Japan lies on the "Ring of Fire" - an arc of seismically active zones where earthquake and volcanic eruptions are common.

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Mentalic's picture

That's really a disaster...Multiple hits to Japan within a week....

masterinchancery's picture

Looks like rosy scenario in Japan took the last train for the coast.

Mike7.62's picture

Where it ran into the tsunami.

Fish Gone Bad's picture

Did anyone ever read Ravi Batra's ( book, "The Great Depression of 1990"?   His theory was that a catastrophic earthquake in Japan would send the world markets into a free fall.  So now, some 30 years later, we have the giant earthquake, the tsunami, a couple of nuke meltdowns, and now a god damn volcano.  I am thinking that this qualifies as an unmitigated mess.  It's time to see if fat boy got this right, albeit 30 years too early.

velobabe's picture

wait wait the US stock market can save us. futures up 80 points. actually i am really embarrassed for this criminal syndicate wall street. sickening to be in green at this time in life. shame on them.

T-NUTZ's picture

maybe the Mayans were off by a year?

dark pools of soros's picture

its going to take a while to destroy everything..  and of course nothing will happen to Israel even though they are on the kitchen table screaming mouse everyday

mr.smooth's picture

maybe this is just the first act.....

New_Meat's picture

Fish, will the kieretsu (plural, all of them) finally "mark to market" and clear the system? - Ned

Twindrives's picture

Gordon Michael Scallion predicted that eventually the island nation of Japan would be no mas'. 

Spalding_Smailes's picture

Adding to Japan's woes, a volcano in the southwestern portion of the country erupted on Sunday after nearly two weeks of relative silence. The eruption sent ash and rocks up to two and a half miles into the air. It was not clear if the eruption was a result of the massive 9.0-magnitude earthquake that struck the northern part of the country on Friday. The 4,689-foot Shinmoedake volcano, located in the Kirishima range, had its first major eruption in 52 years in January. There hadn't been any major activity at the site since March 1.

A volcano warning has been issued at a level of three out of five, and authorities have restricted access to the entire mountain.

jomama's picture

do you ever go outside or do you just sit in your mom's basement spamming ZH all day?

Spalding_Smailes's picture

Mom lives in Arizona. Me Chicago ....

Sorry, 6 reactors in crisis mode in one country keeps me on the net.

MichiganMilitiaMan's picture

Post as much as you like.  I always enjoy your posts.

ColonelCooper's picture

Keep it up, Spalding.  Please try to find out anything you can about the spent fuel pools.  (See my below post)

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Nuclear consultant John Large told Sky News: "They have clearly had a meltdown in reactor one, they've lost the containment there. "They've flooded that with sea water, not necessarily to cool the fuel, but to swamp the fuel, to stop radioactive particles and aerosols actually releasing into the atmosphere. "Reactor three is essentially fuelled with plutonium instead of uranium and plutonium has a much more significant radiological footprint. "So it's absolutely essential that they minimise, or completely abate the radioactive release from number three if it should melt down."


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string's picture

Nice day in Chicago today.

Go for a walk.

ivars's picture

I did some silver pattern comparison with its own timing as basis, since every commodity etc has difference reaction times after crisis from cooperation to decooperation. This graph for prices 2011-2013 is what I came up with, it seems to be peaking at 45 USD at April 1st and sudden drop to 25 USD when I expect oil will suck money out of silver and possibly gold. Oil is useful commodity, once it becomes scarce ( no fly zone over Libya=war in Libya=war in Arab worlds= was in oil producing region), people will try to secure it, not silver.

After that, quite reasonable prices between 25-32 in 2011-April 2012. After that, silver starts to go up. Either supply problem, or Obamas USD devaluation plan in action ( or threat of devaluation plan), or both supply and USD devaluation threat. Looking at stock market prediction I do not think devaluation will be real, but attempts to devaluate the USD to do something as second recession will hit in Q1 2012 may lead to silver price spike .

Or, rumours the FED is going to be totally changed/liquidated under the government which will win 2012 elections.Not Obama or regular GOP. That would lead to scooping of silver and gold.

That explains a spike during election time. And afterwards high level as e.g. gold standard is reintroduced at different higher level .

burncycl's picture

Okay Nostradamus...

I think it's important to understand that the silver market (and markets in general) are dictated by countless variables, both known and unknown.

Also, consider attending a writing class before you publish your findings. It will help your credibility (e.g. "decooperation").

4xaddict's picture

+roflmao, now that was a trolling! Nothing against the original poster but that is hilarious.

SilverRhino's picture

Bullshit, oil AND PM's will be going through the roof. All three are stores of wealth at this point.

bania's picture

when it rains it pours

Spalding_Smailes's picture

6 reactors in trouble.

3 reactors with radiation..

2 of them in partial meltdown...

1541: A former nuclear power plant designer has said Japan is facing an extremely grave crisis and called on the government to release more information, which he said was being suppressed. Masashi Goto told a news conference in Tokyo that one of the reactors at the Fukushima-Daiichi plant was "highly unstable", and that if there was a meltdown the "consequences would be tremendous". He said such an event might be very likely indeed. So far, the government has said a meltdown would not lead to a sizeable leak of radioactive materials.

1548: Mr Goto said the reactors at the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear plant were suffering pressure build-ups way beyond that for which they were designed. There was a severe risk of an explosion, with radioactive material being strewn over a very wide area - beyond the 20km evacuation zone set up by the authorities - he added. Mr Goto calculated that because Reactor No 3 at Fukushima-Daiichi - where pressure is rising and there is a risk of an explosion - used a type of fuel known as Mox, a mixture of plutonium oxide and uranium oxide, the radioactive fallout from any meltdown might be twice as bad.

1553: He accused the government of deliberately withholding vital information that would allow outside experts help solve the problems. "For example, there has not been enough information about the hydrogen being vented. We don't know how much was vented and how radioactive it was." He also described the use of sea water to cool the cores of the reactors at Fukushima-Daiichi as highly unusual and dangerous.

1558: He described the worst-case scenario: "It is difficult to say, but that would be a core meltdown. If the rods fall and mix with water, the result would be an explosion of solid material like a volcano spreading radioactive material. Steam or a hydrogen explosion caused by the mix would spread radioactive waste more than 50km. Also, this would be multiplied. There are many reactors in the area so there would be many Chernobyls."

fuu's picture


Onagawa is 115 KM from Fukushima Daiichi. Either the radiation is traveling that far or some other source of radiation still remains to be reported or Onagawa is leaking.

Tail Dogging The Wag's picture

Nuclear Energy is not cheap. If only humanity would only heed the warning sign... but we will not. We are only human afterall.


‎"Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former" — Albert Einstein

britinbe's picture

The Japanese are having a bit of a rough few days!

max2205's picture

This cage match needs a commercial break

ColonelCooper's picture

If anybody has a few minutes to kill, please check out this submission from a nuke engineer written a while back, concerning loss of power at nuke plants.  (it dealt with EMP, not this scenario).  I didn't want to re-paste, and hijack the thread.  I would love to get some input/thoughts on this:


EDIT: Please note that I am not trying to bring EMP into the conversation, it simply is similar in that it results in power outage.

New_Meat's picture

Coop, took a stab at it, 'preciate your putting the long discussions on the other side. - Ned

[ed. #1046786 EMP is just another mechanism that could potentially defeat both redundant trains/channels of protection systems, so, as you say.]

ColonelCooper's picture

Thanks, Ned.  Assuming I understood your response, (this is not my thing), they will be able to keep the pools filled.  That's what I was hoping to hear.


New_Meat's picture

Yep, literally a deep pool that is supposed to stay intact.  All kinds of monitoring, cooling, etc.  But the basis physics are what make it work.  Fuel rated for a lot higher temperatures than 100 DegC (plus a skosh) where boiling takes place.  Takes a qualified operator to measure the pool level every hour.  Most boringest job in the world.

But I should have scared the pigshit out of you in my answer.  Doin' some more research.

Anyone got a U.S. symbol for TEPCO?  All I'm getting is TPO.F and TPO.DU--and can't trade those exchanges.

- Ned

Hacksaw's picture

Hey Tyler, it's not just southern Japan. Two volcanoes on Kamchatka, Russia and one in Indonesia erupted Friday about the same time as one in southern Japan and are possibly connected with the quake.

Volcanoes have reportedly erupted in Japan, Indonesia, and Kamchatka Russia today, presumably due to the massive Japanese earthquake. There have been no reports of damage from the eruptions.

Oh regional Indian's picture

It's all related hacksaw. We are going through a birthing cycle, which is usually en-folded in a death cycle.

Fascinating releases of energy. And only going to keep on growing and growing. 

Just like we'd wished for Silver. :-) Higher lows and higher highs.

The new normal. Japan will take the US with it and thats all good.

Mega-cycles, FTW!


dark pools of soros's picture

its like the Galapagos islands regenerating but on a grand scale.. or really just Godzilla awakening


ivars's picture

BREAKING NEWS: Cooling system pump stops at Tokai nuclear power plant: fire dep't



zaknick's picture

Why doesn't ZH post professor Fekete's essays? Very strange.

Position Paper professorfekete #5, February 10, 2011, Silver And Opium


Position Paper professorfekete #4, February 7, 2011, Chinese Puzzle


Position Paper professorfekete #3, Jan. 31, 2011, Bring Back, Bring Back, Bring Back My Gold Bond to Me!


Position Paper professorfekete #2, January 17, 2011,
Stupid Wager or Clever Prestidigitation?


Position Paper professorfekete #1, January 11, 2011,
Gold and Honey*


Sound Navigation Requires Sound Measurement


Position Paper professorfekete #10, November 1, 2010
More Real Bill Fallacies


Position Paper professorfekete #9, October 29, 2010
Real Bills and Gold


Position Paper professorfekete #8, October 27,2010
Is There Life After Sudden Death?*


The Deep Cause of the Great Financial Crisis:
The Peace Diktat of Versailles


Position Paper professorfekete #7, Sept. 27, 2010

Mentalic's picture

Just wondering what's going on with these contradicting statements:

1. Officials are saying there has been no major radiation leak at Fukushima.

2. Then they detect radiation at Onagawa and say it's probably from Fukushima and not the Onagawa power plant.

Distances between these 2 plants is quite large....So, is it possisible for the radiation to reach Onagawa from Fukushima? If yes, then isn't everything between these 2 places already contaminated?

max2205's picture

Blue Oyster Cult - Godzilla Lyrics
Send "Godzilla" Ringtone to your Cell
Blue Oyster Cult
( - D. Roeser - )

With a purposeful grimace and a terrible sound
He pulls the spitting high tension wires down

Helpless people on a subway train
Scream bug-eyed as he looks in on them
[ Blue Oyster Cult Lyrics are found on ]

He picks up a bus and he throws it back down
As he wades through the buildings toward the center of town

Oh no, they say he's got to go go go Godzilla
Oh no, there goes Tokyo go go Godzilla

History shows again and again
How nature points up the folly of men

yabyum's picture

One of the great things i've pulled from a year of doom blogging (besides pm's and fear and loathing of bankers) is the "be prepared" mind set. Off to costco for a couple of cases of h20, dry food and the human body need it. Goes well w/scotch too!

spanish inquisition's picture

Earthquake, tsunami, earth shifted 4 inches on its axis, coastline moving 8 feet, volcano erupting, nuclear melt down.... bout the only thing left is a magnetic pole shift.....