Japan Issues Highest Alert, Evacuation Warnings After Volcano "Explosively" Erupts - No Injuries Reported

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First, earthquakes; then tsunamis; then household spending collapses for the 13th month in a row... and now Japan is dealing with a volcano. NHK reports that Kuchinoerabu-jima, a volcano on Kuchinerabu Islands (off the southern-most tip of Japan) has erupted "explosively." Officials have asked local inhabitants to evacuate the area. As yet there are no reported injuries.




The volcano is at the southerm-most tip of Japan...

JMA Warning:


Bloomberg reports,

  • Japan Meteorological Agency raises warning level on volcano on island of Kuchinoerabujima, off southern coast of Japan’s Kagoshima, to highest level of 5 after “explosive” eruption.
  • Level 5 warning calls for evacuations
  • Pyroclastic flow after volcano has reached coast

Offcial JMA Statement:

Volcano name Kuchinoerabujima eruption alarm (residential areas)
Heisei 07 minutes at 27 May 29 June 10 Fukuoka District Meteorological Observatory Kagoshima Local Meteorological Observatory

** (Heading) **

<Eruption warning to Kuchinoerabujima (eruption alert level 5, evacuation) Announces>
?Please refer to the strict vigilance (correspondence of evacuation, etc.) in a residential area of ??interest.
<Pull the eruption alert level from 3 (Iriyama regulation) to 5 (evacuation)>

** (This statement) **
1. Situation and forecast alarm matters of volcanic activity
?The new Takeshi, explosive eruption occurred in 59 minutes at 09 today (the 29th). This
With the eruption, pyroclastic flow occurs, it has reached to the coast.
?Strict vigilance in Yakushima-cho Kuchierabujima residential areas the arrival of pyroclastic flow is expected (
Please refer to the correspondence) of the evacuation, and the like.

2. Target municipalities, etc.
?In the following municipalities, please strict vigilance, such as evacuation in the residential areas
  Kagoshima Prefecture: Yakushima-cho

3. Such as disaster prevention on vigilance matters
?In the residential areas that stream of pyroclastic flow is imminent, strict vigilance (corresponding evacuation, etc.)
Please refer to the.
?Please follow the instructions of evacuation, etc. of Yakushima-cho.?

<Pull the eruption alert level from 3 (Iriyama regulation) to 5 (evacuation)>

** (Note: The description of the eruption alert level) **
[Level 5 (evacuation)]: required evacuation and the like from the dangerous residential areas.
[Level 4 (evacuation preparation)]: Prepare for evacuation in the necessary residential areas warning, disaster
          Required evacuation, etc. requiring assistance person.??????
[Level 3 (Iriyama regulation)]: climbing ban and Iriyama - site regulations to regulations dangerous areas
          Etc.. Evacuation preparation, etc. of a disaster requiring assistance person depending on the situation.
[Level 2 (crater peripheral regulation)]: - site regulations of the crater around.
[Level 1 (normal)]: - site regulations into the crater depending on the situation.
(Note: The target area of ??evacuation and regulations, differ depending on local conditions and volcanic activity)

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As Michael Snyder of The Economic Collapse blog, you may not have noticed, but our planet is becoming increasingly unstable.  According to Volcano Discovery, 40 volcanoes around the globe are erupting right now, and only 6 of them are not along the Ring of Fire.  If that sounds like a very high number to you, that is because it is a very high number.  As I have written about previously, there were a total of 3,542 volcanic eruptions during the entire 20th century.  When you divide that number by 100, that gives you an average of about 35 volcanic eruptions per year.  So the number of volcanoes that are erupting right now is well above the 20th century’s average for an entire calendar year.  And of course we are witnessing a tremendous amount of earthquake activity as well.  Nepal was just hit by the worst earthquake that it had seen in 80 years, and scientists are telling us that the Himalayas actually dropped by an astounding 3 feet as a result of that one earthquake.  How much more does our planet have to shake before people start paying attention?

Of course the things that we have been seeing lately are part of a much larger long-term trend.  Seismic activity appears to have been getting stronger over the past few decades, and now things really seem to be accelerating.  The following is how one news source recently summarized what we have been witnessing…

If it seems like earthquakes and erupting volcanoes are happening more frequently, that’s because they are. Looking at global magnitude six (M6) or greater from 1980 to 1989 there was an average of 108.5 earthquakes per year, from 2000 to 2009 the planet averaged 160.9 earthquakes per year: that is a 38.9% increase of M6+ earthquakes in recent years. Unrest also seems to be growing among the world’s super-volcanoes. Iceland (which is home to some of the most dangerous volcanoes on the planet), Santorini in Greece, Uturuncu in Bolivia, the Yellowstone and Long Valley calderas in the U.S., Laguna del Maule in Chile, Italy’s Campi Flegrei – almost all of the world’s active super-volcanic systems are now exhibiting some signs of inflation, an early indication that pressure is building in these volcanic systems.

But of course most Americans are never going to care about any of this until it starts affecting them personally.

Well, perhaps they should start paying attention to the warning signs.  In recent weeks we have seen significant earthquakes in Michigan, Texas, Mississippi, California, Idaho And Washington.  In addition, it is being reported that pressure is building in dormant volcanoes in Arizona and California.  Just because we have not had a killer earthquake or a large volcanic eruption in the U.S. in recent years does not mean that it will always be that way.  Right now the entire planet appears to be waking up, and this especially seems to be true of the Ring of Fire.

If you are not familiar with the Ring of Fire, just imagine a giant ring that runs around the outer perimeter of the Pacific Ocean.  Approximately 90 percent of all earthquakes and approximately 75 percent of all volcanic eruptions occur within this area, and the entire west coast of North America is considered to be part of the Ring of Fire.

For so long, the west coast has been incredibly blessed not to have experienced a major seismic event.  But scientists tell us that it is only a matter of time.

And right now, just about every other part of the Ring of Fire is shaking violently.

For example, a magnitude 6.8 earthquake just hit Japan on Wednesday

A magnitude-6.8 earthquake that shook northeast Japan on Wednesday was an aftershock of the devastating 2011 quake that triggered a massive tsunami and nuclear power plant meltdown.


“We consider this morning’s earthquake to be an aftershock of the 2011 Northeastern Pacific Earthquake,” said Yohei Hasegawa, an official at the Japanese meteorological agency.


The temblor, which struck just after 6 a.m. local time (5 p.m. ET Tuesday), was sparked by the Pacific tectonic plate “subducting,” or moving under, the main land plate, he added.

Hasegawa warned that more tremors may be on the way.

One Japanese expert is warning that Japan “might have entered an era of great earthquakes and volcanic eruptions“, and considering the immense devastation that the great earthquake and tsunami of 2011 caused, that is a very sobering assessment.

Meanwhile, a series of very strong earthquakes have struck Papua New Guinea recently as well.  The following comes from the Washington Post

A powerful earthquake rattled Papua New Guinea on Thursday, the fourth strong quake to hit the South Pacific island nation in a week. The temblor prompted officials to issue a local tsunami warning, but it was lifted shortly afterward with no reports of damage.


The 7.1-magnitude quake struck about 150 kilometers (94 miles) southwest of the town of Panguna on Bougainville Island at a depth of 23 kilometers (14 miles), the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

Once again, just because things have always been a certain way does not mean that they will always be that way.

As Americans, we are not accustomed to being concerned about major earthquakes and massive volcanic eruptions, but that could soon change in a big way.

The truth is that our planet and our sun are changing in ways that are unpredictable and that our scientists don’t completely understand.

For example, a recent LiveScience article discussed the fact that scientists are deeply puzzled by the fact that the magnetic field of our planet is getting weaker 10 times faster than previously believed…

Scientists already know that magnetic north shifts. Once every few hundred thousand years the magnetic poles flip so that a compass would point south instead of north. While changes in magnetic field strength are part of this normal flipping cycle, data from Swarm have shown the field is starting to weaken faster than in the past. Previously, researchers estimated the field was weakening about 5 percent per century, but the new data revealed the field is actually weakening at 5 percent per decade, or 10 times faster than thought. As such, rather than the full flip occurring in about 2,000 years, as was predicted, the new data suggest it could happen sooner.

And in a previous article, I discussed how one scientist has discovered that activity on the sun is declining at a faster pace “than at any time in the last 9300 years” right now.

I don’t pretend to have all the answers for why these things are happening, but clearly some very unusual things are taking place.

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crisrose's picture

With all this bad news, it seems as if we've angered someone.  It's almost like...karma.

J S Bach's picture

Godzilla merely sharted.

Stuck on Zero's picture

Aren't these islands claimed by China, anyway?

nmewn's picture

Not to worry, looks like the issue will solve itself in short order anyways...


...its like, state sponsored hari kari or sumpin ;-)

Terminus C's picture

In before:

HAARP bitchez!

Nature reminding us we just little pissants that don't mean didly squat in the overall scheme of things.


*Edit*  Bah, Tony the troll beat me to it...

tony wilson and saturn zion devils's picture
tony wilson and saturn zion devils (not verified) Terminus C May 28, 2015 10:08 PM

eye not a troll terminul c
eye just sea saturn everywhere

Gobbler's picture

How much does it cost to buy a watermellon in Japan?  And is the price inflationary or deflationary?

wee-weed up's picture

And while part of Japan may become the next Pompeii...

Don't you dare ask about Fukushima!

Divine Wind's picture




Pumice, bitches...... Pumice.

Tao 4 the Show's picture

The earth does seem to be over active , but I think Snyder failed on the statistics:

"As I have written about previously, there were a total of 3,542 volcanic eruptions during the entire 20th century. When you divide that number by 100, that gives you an average of about 35 volcanic eruptions per year. So the number of volcanoes that are erupting right now is well above the 20th century’s average for an entire calendar year. "

If you have 3542 eruptions in a century, that does not tell you how many in total are erupting at any one time. Eruptions can last for years. The better count would be how many NEW eruptions began this year. Carry overs from last year don't count towards his average.

Would be interesting to calculate if we are really above average for volcanoes. A few years ago, the number of big earthquakes was quite high compared to the previous few decades.

MillionDollarBonus_'s picture

Mother nature is punishing us for our careless burning of fossil fuels and our toxic greenhouse gas emissions. Expect to see more and more natural disasters until we finally change our capitalistic ways and learn to live at one with the earth.

Dead Man Walking's picture

Of course, we'll need the fed to "seasonally adjust" the numbers for us...

Squid-puppets a-go-go's picture

global shifts in tectonics, magnetospherics, volcanics etc.....

so should i broaden my stop losses on my 300x levered e-minis?

cnmcdee's picture

Buy FAZ and hold for the next 60 days to 6 months.  Research indicates that Chicago is going to get hit by a dirty nuke false flag event then WWIII is started with the nuclear strikes inside Iran

FAZ is an Inverse ETF that goes up when the market goes down. I have more information than the links I am sending you.  If this event does occur then FAZ will go up 40-80x whatever you invest.





Paveway IV's picture

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It's free roulette, but it's in those odd Euro things. I have a vague idea how roulette works but it seems sort of self-explanatory for a losers game. Randomly click on crap and vary the amount you bet each time. See if you can tolerate the light piano tunes for more than 20 minutes without killing your dog.

Do this continuously for the next 60 days to 6 months. When you drop over, exhausted and drooling (or they cut your internet connection) note the price of FAZ.

Compare your imaginary FAZ winnings with your imaginary roulette winnings. How did you do?

I guarantee you that you will have lost FAR LESS on your roulette bets than you will have lost on your imaginary FAZ bet. 

Sorry, cmncdee. I sat at the FAZ table far too long to ever bet real FRNs on that rigged POS. The government doesn't want financial stocks to drop. They have far more money and staying power than you ever will. If worse comes to worse, they will just change the rules on you at the last minute. Prohibiting shorting of financial stocks comes to mind. Don't be that sucker - I volunteered first and am passing on that wisdom on to you. Of course, things could be different for you this time.

Seriously, go play roulette. If you figure out what orph. means, then come back and educate me. I won some fake Euros on it.

Tom Servo's picture

FAZ should rename itself "guaranteed fucking losses" and i would never hold it overnight, much less for 2-6 months...


junction's picture

Bad as it is in Japan on the catastrophe front, let's not forget that in the USA, the spawn of Satan rules us from the Oval Office.

Relentless's picture

Being one of the many Spawn is a pre-requisite for political office.

tony wilson and saturn zion devils's picture
tony wilson and saturn zion devils (not verified) May 28, 2015 8:49 PM

magna bsp of dimona israel had no security team in the area.

they left after fuckishima and after the new zealand christchurch quake some injuries but all mossad kidron doing fine.
broadsword cslling danny schlomo come in over
haarp attack tora tora tora

Fidel Sarcastro's picture

I wonder how many fucktards were reading this and thinking "Yeah, it's because of Global Warming." 

fascismlover's picture

ZH broke it miles before cnn so I am gonna guess none...at least not here.  These little belches from the earth, even once in a while, tend to outweigh us very "powerful" humans and anything we could ever do on the planet.  FFS, cows do more than humans, even before humans knew cows.  They have crazy methane farts.

Suck it up polititards, the earth moves you..you do not move the earth.

JustPrintMoreDuh's picture

If the radiation doesn't kill you then the volcanic ash/liquid magma will.

Kassandra's picture

We're all heading the same place either way.

Karaio's picture

Inuit warn that the sun does not rise and set in the same place (in several villages).

We recently had 4 terromotos in less than 30 days above 7 on the Richter.

Two huge Tsunames.

Numerous volcanoes manifesting.

I'm 52 years old and when I was little, moon-shaped "C" was "crescent" shaped "D" was dwindling.

Today the two are most often in the form of "U" (I'm in the Southern Hemisphere, near Brasília (capital of Brazil).

I sometimes have the impression that something is wrong in the relationship Earth / Sun / LUA.

Something that our sensors do not notice, were not calibrated for this.

Only empirical observation.

The migration of Magnetic Poles may be an explanation but I do not think that's the one.

Well, they are my humble impressions.


MedPro's picture

Interesting , as I noticed this spring for some reason the sun is starting to set further northwest ... than I've ever seen in 39 years ... by the summer it will be setting in the north ? I live in the northeast .

Karaio's picture


Without a aproximade location where you are it is difficult to make comparisons.

Northern or Southern Hemisphere (I'm in the South, Latin America).

I'm in Anapolis, State of Goias, the altitude here is 1,100 meters above sea level, dry climate and cold, have a privileged view of the sky.


Karaio's picture

There are more!

Accompany climate satellite imagery for over 18 years.

Satellites like SOHO monitoring the Sun, pages like the USGS earthquakes since they were made available online.

I tell you, there is manipulation.

It is not conspiracy theory.

Lately graphics SOHO do not match the views.

Working with sensitive government networks intranet.

I feel incredible variations in Network occur when solar sensibilities, I see the satellite videos, graphics disagree.

I am a technician, Geographer, the year work in network maintenance, many here have read my reports.

Frankly, I'm getting scared of what I witness.

Computer labs where the grounds were decent longer (and it was not for lack of water in the soil - the best place to put ground rods is around septic tanks).

There is something strange.

Just do not know what.

: - /

Seek_Truth's picture

“There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea. People will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken. At that time they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.” - Luke 21:25-28

Karaio's picture



Here I have my beliefs and I believe it will take a beating (or "-") from all angles.

I believe that God exists but is a eletrogâmica entity as we are.

I think our body dies, our energy spend time in limbo and back.

I believe that Buddha liked to McDonald's.

I believe that whoever is caught will go to hell because in the Bible it is written that heaven is here on earth.

I believe that the Torah is a continuation of some obscure text written in Iraq.

I believe that the more one lowers his head more shown the ass.

I believe that Muhammad ate 72 virgins and died because the parents of the girls have managed it.

I think this business (already lived near a mosque or evangelical temple?) To stay shouting prayers is something for people who think God is deaf.

I think there pedophilia in the Catholic Church because the priest can not marry (Holy shit, like a guy who is not married can advise couples?).

I think doing a "dispatch" as the african make at crossroads requesting blessings is very good (I have much whiskey, vodka, good quality drips after the guys left their offerings).

I think too cold or too hot is not good for the body.

I think a few beers is very good.

I think we will all be fucked very soon.


Counterpunch's picture
Counterpunch (not verified) Seek_Truth May 29, 2015 5:34 AM

sigh.  When hasn't this vague description applied in the past 2,000 years?


meanwhile its literally all over the NT that Jesus the Galillean's followers expected him to return in their own lifetimes.



Atomizer's picture

More plate shifting to be the cause of climate change. /LOL

The Calm. Planets Lining Up Again | S0 News May 26, 2015


DaddyO's picture


SO reference is very good!

Solid, untainted scientific observations...been watching daily for months and months.

Gave earthquake warning day before Nepal crumbled.

Wanna know more, search on Kongpop U-yen, very enlightening on sun - earth spot correlation to earthquakes and erruptions.


Atomizer's picture

It's all about the sun. Climate change is a progressive wet dream. SO is brilliant, he started the coined theme, 'Your mind is a weapon.' His work intrigues me. 

BrotherRat's picture

I doubt that many people think that volcanoes are caused by climate change, and seismic activity (since you brought up plate shifting) is more likely to be blamed on fracking than anything. By creating a charicature of your opponent, you have a barrier that will prevent you from understanding them. Understanding your opponent is critical to arriving at any actual truth. It's why I'm willing to enter a den of conservatives and argue with them - I'm okay with being wrong and want my own bullshit challenged. (Please don't assume my anti-conservative stance is pro-liberal by default)

Bill of Rights's picture

Seems to me the Japaneses have pissed off the Gods in a big way.

BrotherRat's picture

Surprised no one has said this is payback for pearl harbor yet.

stant's picture

They ain't dispersing all that military equipment around the ussa for nothing

Max Dufus's picture

Don't know about the other volcanoes, but Yellowstone and Long Valley are NOT "exhibiting some signs of inflation". The Costa Rica News is the news source? WOW!

Ajax_USB_Port_Repair_Service_'s picture

Love the Long Valley! There is something mystical about that area. Too bad it will be gone. Oh well, my property in Nevada will soon be 'ocean front'. Just hope the ash blows over NV and drops in Utah.

847328_3527's picture

Es verdad; moar destruction very bullish.

Cityzerosix's picture

The best UFO sightings ever were in New Guinea 1959 and I know the daughter of the missionary Father Gill who was the chief witness at the time. She told me how was taken away to be interviewed by American foreign services. There wasnt so much vulcanism at the time but a hell of a lot of Nuclear. Stability is imagination; chaos is ever near.

Ms No's picture

Half the state of Arizona witnessed that creepy stuff just above your roof, silent, way too slow moving, way too massive, triangles with orange lights that would split off from eachother and then reattatch and appear solid, this occurred in the late 90's, the incident was known as the "phoenix lights".  Whatever it was the very environment went still, just bizarre.  Being that this is AZ we just assumed that the government wanted to kill us all, still no answers.  Apparently they flew all the way into Mexico.  A politician was sacked and a documentary was made as a result.



Cityzerosix's picture

Good film from the Republic of Arizona..thanks. I mean you gotta realise there ain't just you.

shovelhead's picture

There was a funny video of the Phoneix Lights where a very faint voice from a kid who sounds about 11 saying "Holy fuckin' shit...lookit that". You hear a fathers voice say "Watch your language". The kid says, "We're lookin at a giant fuckin' spaceship and you're worried about swearing?"

Long pause, then you hear the father in awe, "Holy fuckin' shit".

Duc888's picture



TR3-B's....actually they're kinda hoopty.


We have much more advanced stuff up there now.  That shit is 70's tech.

Ms No's picture

That is so depressing, I was hoping they were just demonic presences...lol  One was a mile across and it took most of the night for them to cross the entire state (there were at least 4) so I'm guessing it was a "hey lookie what we got, your just ants, now behave!"