Science: Tokachi

Again explosions, smoke, lava and destruction visited the Pacific. This time a fractured lake bottom contributed heavily to the event by emptying a deep body of water in a sudden and enormous sluice upon mountain hamlets and terraced, rice-grown countryside. About 1,000 were killed, though a month of anticipatory rumbling had warned them to flee. The eruption was out of the bowels of Mount Tokachi, in the centre of Hokkaido, northernmost of the main islands of the island empire of Japan and last retreat of the Hairy Ainus.* One of the 50 technically active of...

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