Satsuma-Iwojima

Here is a great shot of Miyakejima Satsuma-Iwojima Island off the coast of Japan. It is volcanic in origin and the big volcano is Mount Oyama. This has erupted several times in recent history. A lava flow in 1940 killed 11 people, and other eruptions occurred in 1962 and 1983. In 2000, Mount Oyama began another series of eruptions and the island had to be evacuated. The residents were only allowed to return permanently in February, 2005! (I suck) Thanks seamus & Tomoya (for the corrections).

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