Friday, March 11, 2011

When it rains, it erupts

Japan was struck by a 9.1 earthquake at 11:45pm CT (upgraded from an earlier reported 8.9).

In the wake of this tragedy, an Indonesian volcano erupted.
One of Indonesia's most active volcanoes, Mount Karangetang, erupted Friday, sending lava and searing gas clouds down its slopes.  The 1784-meter mountain is located on Siau, part of the Sulawesi island chain. It last erupted in August, killing four people. The eruption occurred hours after a devastating 8.9-magnitude earthquake hit Japan and triggered a Pacific-wide tsunami.
Over in East Java, Mount Bromo is now erupting.

And two volcanoes in eastern Russia are erupting.
Two volcanoes in Eastern Russia , Kamchatka and one other in Indonesia, have erupted around the same time as the Japan 8.9-magnitude Earthquake on Friday.
And Japan has problems with some of their nuclear reactors.
March 12 (Bloomberg) -- Tokyo Electric Power Co. said it lost control of pressure building at three reactors at one of its nuclear power plants, and radiation levels are rising at another after a powerful earthquake shut down the plants’ cooling systems.

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