Interesting article by a US volcanologist about the tragic eruption in Japan: Over 30 Hikers Die During Ontake Eruption in Japan: What Happened?

Although such a violent phreatic (steam) eruption is rare, it could happen here! Unfortunately, since phreatic eruptions don't involve the movement of magma, they can't be predicted.

Edited by OregonMouse (09/28/14 07:52 PM)
May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view--E. Abbey