This week, the Kyodo News reported that a giant pumice raft from Fukutoku-Okanoba Volcano is threatening Japan, possibly including Tokyo.
While looking up video, I found an amazing video on an unrelated submarine volcano: Kavachi.
At least Fukutoku-Okanoba has managed to maintain its new island:
It’s difficult to find English-language videos on this, but by running “Tokyo, pumice raft” through Google Translate, I found some videos with maps and visuals:
It really is a serious threat to wildlife and human infrastructure and livelihood.
Lucky scientists! They can afford sails (this video is from a Tongan underwater eruption investigation in 2020 — more on that next week):
Featured image: NASA Earth Observatory/Joshua Stevens