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Remember the light pillars in China?  This are different, but the article indicates they are uncommon, with V-shaped tops.

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Japanese volcano awakens with a vengeance

By North Asia correspondent Mark Willacy

Updated 4 hours 4 minutes ago

Volcanic lightning strikes above Shinmoedake peak

Volcanic lightning strikes above Shinmoedake peak as it erupts. (Reuters: Minami-Nippon Shimbun)

Officials in southern Japan have urged more than 1,000 residents of a town near an erupting volcano to evacuate amid reports of large rocks falling in the area.

Mount Shinmoe's first major eruption in almost 200 years is sending plumes of ash and rocks kilometres into the sky.

The eruption, on the southern island of Kyushu, has disrupted flights and train services and sparked warnings about another, even more powerful blast.

More than 600 people have already been evacuated.

Vulcanologists say a giant lava dome on the volcano has now grown to more than 500 metres in diameter.

For some people living near the volcano it is nothing more than a nuisance, but for others it is like a biblical curse.

"It's good that it's not hovering in the air," a used car lot owner said, taking a break from shovelling up the mess.

"But it's getting heavier and harder to clean up. This ash piled up on the cars will be hard to remove," he complained, as his once immaculate lot of cars sits under centimetres of grey paste - the windscreen wipers on each vehicle sticking forlornly up in the air.

The mayor of Takaharu, a town near the volcano, says people have never seen Mount Shinmoe like it is.

"It's the first time the people of my community have experienced volcanic ash like this, so we are very concerned about their health," Mitsuhiro Hidaka said.

With 108 active volcanoes, or 10 per cent of the world's total, Japan shakes precariously on the infamous Pacific Rim of Fire.

The Japanese are wearily familiar with eruptions like Mount Shinmoe's, but scientists warn there could be worse to come.

In the past nine months vulcanologists estimate seven million cubic metres of magma has accumulated in two vast reservoirs underneath the peak and small pyroclastic flows, or super-heated clouds of gas travelling at up to 700 kilometres per hour, have been seen sweeping down Mount Shinmoe.

The volcano's behaviour is said to be eerily similar to its belligerent demeanour 300 years ago, when it belched and bellowed on and off for 18 months.

For the people living around Shinmoedake, this is just the latest biblical-style cataclysm.

"We're still recovering from the foot and mouth outbreak," Mr Mitsuhiro said.

"Then came the avian flu. Now the first eruption of the Shinmoedake volcano in 52 years. It is indeed a triple blow of disasters we're suffering from now."

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Internet ‘Kill Switch’ Legislation Back in Play

Legislation granting the president internet-killing powers is to be re-introduced soon to a Senate committee, the proposal’s chief sponsor told on Friday.

The resurgence of the so-called “kill switch” legislation came the same day Egyptians faced an internet blackout designed to counter massive demonstrations in that country.

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Coronal Hole


A dark croissant-shaped hole has opened on the sun's atmosphere and it is spewing a stream of solar wind into space. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory took this picture of the vast opening during the early hours of Jan 30.

 Researchers call this a "cornal hole." Solar rotation is turning the cornal hole toward earth. The stream of solar wind pouring from it will swing around and hit our planet in early February, possibily sparking polar magnetic storms.


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More Protests ....

Thousands in Jordan Protest, Demand PM Step Down


10s of Thousands Protest In Albania


Egypt Sends Army Into Streets Amid Mass Protests

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Mike Ruppert: Prepare, Prepare, Prepare

In case you don't read the economy news, I wanted to bring this video to your attention.  It is a very dire warning ....

Mike Ruppert:  The Beginning Of Systemic Failure
Some notes:
Criminals feeding on the energy of collapse.....
11 policemen shot in 24 hours...police guns
Food riots because food too expensive to buy; eventually none to buy
Fall of Egypt huge monkey wrench in world balance of power.  If Egypt falls, there goes the Suez Canal.   (We should all be scared sh*tless about what is going on in Egypt)
Gamal Mubarek, Hosni's son, left with 100 pieces of luggage...Tunisian gold?  If so, when the people find out it's all over for Egypt... looting the country = sign of them leaving
Now is the time to focus on preparing and local community...forget activism... it's too late
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