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Watch: Japanese Volcano Shinmoedake Eruption


The Kirishima volcano group on Japan's southern island of Kyushu began erupting yesterday for the first time since 1959.

Volcano "Shinmoedake, in the Kirishima range, erupted yesterday, spewing ash as high as 2,500 meters (8,200 feet) into the air, Japan’s Meteorological Agency said in a statement on its website. A second eruption occurred today at about 1 p.m. local time, national broadcaster NHK reported. Ash from the volcano reached Miyazaki city, 50 kilometers (30 miles) to the east, according to the broadcaster."

There is some spectacular footage. In the first video, you can see hot wind and ash taking out trees. In the second, you can see bursts of lightning in the ash cloud.


Here are a couple more incredible shots.


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  1. Gaia is angry at the treatment of gays in Uganda.

    See? I can do it too, Christians.

    Posted by: Flt | Jan 28, 2011 1:25:37 PM

  2. Video #1 is awesome/terrifying especially around the 2minute mark.

    Posted by: FernLaPlante | Jan 28, 2011 1:27:25 PM

  3. I kept expecting Mothra or Godzilla to come charging outa there! Mother nature can be a trully terrifiying force

    Posted by: Zo | Jan 28, 2011 1:47:50 PM

  4. Awesome!

    Posted by: nuflux | Jan 28, 2011 3:40:42 PM

  5. Mother Nature still makes the coolest FX

    Posted by: jaragon | Jan 28, 2011 5:47:49 PM

  6. This volcano and all of its exploding lava bombs was clearly caused by homosexality.

    Posted by: Barry | Jan 29, 2011 12:05:41 AM

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