Lightning from “007” Volcano


Japan’s southern island Kyushu is home to Mount Shinmoedake, which was featured in a James Bond movie. Shinmoedake has been pretty inactive over the past 300 years, but erupted nine times this week. On Feb 1st, one of the eruptions smashed the windows of nearby (six kilometers) hospitals and schools. Only one injury has been reported. Lightning was seen coming out of the volcano, no one is positive what causes this. Some theories are that its the volcanic rocks smashing against each other and another is that “magma bubbles or particles of volcanic ash are themselves electrically charged, and by their motion create separately charged areas”. Being an advertising/PR major I would probably raise awareness of the evacuation procedures and the restriction zone for the area, but when there’s pictures like this floating around I’m sure my job won’t be too hard.

Sara B. – Sources: Telegraph.co.uk | bloomberg.com

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