Sunday, July 03, 2005


The following is an abridged report from AOL news (with "Maritine Mystery Mulled" being the article's title. God I hate alliteration sometimes):
"Japan Investigates Giant Column of Steam in the Pacific
Officials Think Volcanic Eruption May Be the Cause of the Strange Water Vapor Plume

TOKYO (July 3) - Japanese coast guard officials said Sunday they believe an underwater volcanic eruption has caused a 3,300-foot high column of steam to rise from the Pacific Ocean near Iwo Jima.
The vapor was reported Saturday after Japanese troops stationed on the small island observed the massive, cloudy plume rise from the sea about 30 miles southeast of the island, said Maritime Self-Defense Forces Hiroshi Shirai….The survey crew also found grayish mud rising up from the bottom of the ocean, but it was not immediately known whether any volcanic gases are being released….The location is known as Fukutokuoka-no-ba, an undersea volcano which last erupted in 1986 for three days, Sato said."

Is it just me or does this sound and look like the start of almost EVERY Godzilla film ever made? Undersea volcano, mysterious smoke that no one can explain (officials only have Theories), strange mud floating to the surface....what unholy creature has been unleashed and when is it going to Tokyo?


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