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Japan Probes Mysterious Vapor Eruption

Zonk posted more than 9 years ago | from the gamera-is-friend-to-all-children dept.

Science 209

Saeed al-Sahaf writes "From the BBC, Japan's Coast Guard dispatched aircraft Sunday to survey a 3,300-foot-high column of steam rising from the Pacific Ocean off the island of Iwo Jima. MSNBC has a nice picture. 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. 'It's highly likely that it's caused by an eruption of an underwater volcano,' Japanese officials said. But others are not so sure, and are speculating that Godzilla has awoken from its nap. Tokyo remains calm at this hour."

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Apple testing new water-cooling solution? (0)

nokilli (759129) | more than 9 years ago | (#12976860)

Looks like they were about to run out of Pacific.

I guess GHz really doesn't matter after all.

It's how high the steam cloud rises into the atmosphere that is the surest indicator of performance.

Re:Apple testing new water-cooling solution? (3, Funny)

Krankheit (830769) | more than 9 years ago | (#12976997)

Yes, we are. The slightly overclocked Intel Pentium 4 chips we are using are speculated to cause enough smoke to trigger a mass extinction. We are testing our chips under water. We hope Japan doesn't get pissed off and raise the fees on memory manufacture for our machines, so we are giving Japan the first machine off the line free.

Re:Apple testing new water-cooling solution? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12977001)

On a scale 1 - 10, how old is Michael Jackson's new boyfriend?

GNAA sues the CDC for patent violations (-1, Offtopic)

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Who is Driving? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12976862)

Bear is driving!
How can that be(first post)?

Taco night at the US base? (0, Offtopic)

digitalamish (449285) | more than 9 years ago | (#12976866)

Come on, you know you wanted to post that...

Re:Taco night at the US base? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12977108)

You're thinking of Okinawa.

I for one... (3, Funny)

Tanmi-Daiow (802793) | more than 9 years ago | (#12976868)

welcome our new steam-spewing Godzilla overlords.

Mitsubishi F-2 Versus Godzilla (2, Informative)

reporter (666905) | more than 9 years ago | (#12976933)

This scenario presents an ideal opportunity to deploy a squadron of F-2 fighter/bombers [wikipedia.org] to combat Godzilla or the Chinese naval fleet.

The F-2 is the new Japanese frontline fighter and employs stealth technology developed by Japanese engineers. The F-2 is distinctly inferior to the American F-22 but is a source of pride for the Japanese military.

In about 5 years, Tokyo will deploy the new F-2 Super Kai, an improved version of the F-2. The Japanese military has already released pictures of a preliminary model [adularia.ath.cx] . It should be quite effective an slaying Godzilla or the Chinese military.

The pictures of the F-2 Super Kai are awesome. What's this? I'm salivating.

Re:Mitsubishi F-2 Versus Godzilla (1)

mgs1000 (583340) | more than 9 years ago | (#12977114)

Eh, they'll be buying F-35s in 10 years.

Re:Mitsubishi F-2 Versus Godzilla (1)

griffjon (14945) | more than 9 years ago | (#12977175)

Robotech reference time!
When's the VF-1 [kent.net] coming out?

Re:I for one... (1)

Parham (892904) | more than 9 years ago | (#12976947)

...So you suspect there is more than one also!! I think there'll be one for every continent, I'm so scared.

Re:I for one... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12977252)

Don't worry, the French Secret Service will rescue us. They've done it before.

no time like the present... (1)

j1m+5n0w (749199) | more than 9 years ago | (#12977095)

...to visit Japan [megatokyo.com] !

obligatory (0)

Digitus1337 (671442) | more than 9 years ago | (#12976869)

I for one welcome our new... what have I become? :-/

Re:obligatory (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12977044)

I for one welcome our new... what have I become? :-/

A troll. Thanks for playing.

Oops. (-1, Offtopic)

Limburgher (523006) | more than 9 years ago | (#12976874)

Excuse me!

I suspect this may about to become the single longest thread ever dedicated to fart jokes. . .

Re:Oops. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12976884)

Godzilla has gas?
I thought he had bad breath.

I saw this one (4, Funny)

DanielMarkham (765899) | more than 9 years ago | (#12976876)

Isn't this the one where Mothra shows up and kicks Godzilla's butt? Can you imagine going over that in a ship? That would be a heck of an ocean ride. Everybody's suits would be wrinkle-free.

Re:I saw this one (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12976980)

Mothra's the spirit of forgiveness!

Re:I saw this one (1)

StarsAreAlsoFire (738726) | more than 9 years ago | (#12977047)

Can you imagine going over that in a ship?

There was a test done once, the details of which I cannot recall exactly as I don't know that I ever knew them. The gist of it was that they set of some high explosives far below a ship. A large ship. The point was to see if the 'bubbles' would do any damage to and/or sink the ship.

Well, the surface of the ocean turned to massive frothing abyss, and the ship disintegrated. I don't know if that means the test was a success or a failure ;~)

Anybody has details I'd love to hear about 'em -- this is third hand 'knowledge', and may be BS.

Re:I saw this one (1)

Solder Fumes (797270) | more than 9 years ago | (#12977230)

The ship would sink, depending on how much steam there was. Basically, the density of the water is greatly reduced by all the bubbles. It's the density of water that holds the ship up. Sailing into this thing would be like dropping into a hole in the ocean.

SORRY... sorry.... (4, Funny)

Brad1138 (590148) | more than 9 years ago | (#12976880)

Nothing to see here, I was swimming there and..uh... well.. I had beans last night.

Re:SORRY... sorry.... (1)

spectre_240sx (720999) | more than 9 years ago | (#12977142)

Ahh, that explains the brownish residue in the water as well.

Oh no. (4, Funny)

Silverlancer (786390) | more than 9 years ago | (#12976881)

I'm worried. Tokyo might be destroyed by the impending eruption.

At least the Japanese have experience. I mean, Tokyo's been destroyed at *least* 500 times before hasn't it?

Re:Oh no. (0, Troll)

king-manic (409855) | more than 9 years ago | (#12976941)

I'm worried. Tokyo might be destroyed by the impending eruption.

At least the Japanese have experience. I mean, Tokyo's been destroyed at *least* 500 times before hasn't it?


Thats just Karmic revenge for being complete bastards from 1895-1945. All japanese people living during that time have been reported as being re-encarnated as butt plugs to punish them for being one of the most evil conquers since Ghengis Khan.

Re:Oh no. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12977007)

cool down, Tokyo is known as "the city wating to die". this eruption is just Earths safety valve. Prolonging tokyos trepidation.

Re:Oh no. (1)

Dan the Intern (649261) | more than 9 years ago | (#12977048)

Tokyo, AKA "The Match-Stick City."

Re:Oh no. (2, Funny)

Dan the Intern (649261) | more than 9 years ago | (#12977075)

Source: http://lum-chan.bbox.org/info/animelaw.html [bbox.org]
#11 - Law of Inherent Combustability
Everything explodes. Everything.

First Corrallary
Anything that explodes bulges first.
Second Corrallary
Large cities are the most explosive substances known to human science. Tokyo in particular seems to be the most unstable of these cities, sometimes referred to as "The Matchstick City".

It's It's It's Godzilla (4, Funny)

infonography (566403) | more than 9 years ago | (#12976893)

And he ordered the Extra Hot Curry platter.

Its the terrorists! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12976895)

The terrorists are testing their new super weapons off the coast of Japan!

WE MUST ATTACK JAPAN IMEADIATLY!

No, wait... the pacific ocean!

YES! WE MUST ATTACK THE PACIFIC OCEAN IMMEADIATLY!

The pacific ocean is harboring terrorists and we CANNOT let that stand! GO DUBYA GO!

Re:Its the terrorists! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12976938)

The pacific ocean is harboring terrorists and we CANNOT let that stand! GO DUBYA GO!

At least he would try to go after them, unlike if Gore or when Clinton was in charge. Those leftist peacenick pussies would call for understanding and love, when a good nuke attack would be the answer instead.

Re:Its the terrorists! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12977046)

Right, and Bush is the other extreme killing innocent little children... rahter have Clinton in the office smoking POT then bush in t office preaching his Christian bull shit and killing people.. I thought murder was agains the 10 commandments...

Re:Its the terrorists! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12977052)

"Ay-rabs aren't real people... Can't murder people who ain't real." -- American Conservatards

Re:Its the terrorists! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12977187)

when a good nuke attack would be the answer instead.

And then americans wonder why everybody hates them...

Re:Its the terrorists! (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12977042)

Bah, that means nothing to the Bush administration. Tell them the ocean is harboring P2P pirates. They will take action.

Re:Its the terrorists! (2, Informative)

apachetoolbox (456499) | more than 9 years ago | (#12977136)


well if the pacific ocean was downloading movies or music the US would have already thrown it in jail.

Run run run! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12976900)

Ballmerzilla [ntk.net] is attacking!

Giant catfish farted ! (2, Funny)

zymano (581466) | more than 9 years ago | (#12976905)

Mmmmmm mmmmm smell so good.

Snow Crash (4, Funny)

TerranFury (726743) | more than 9 years ago | (#12976908)

Steam clouds rising from the Pacific? The Coast Guard better be careful or else some guy in an inflatable raft will make them listen to Reason.

Re:Snow Crash (1)

Loren_Burlingame (787768) | more than 9 years ago | (#12976952)

E:FB

Re:Snow Crash (1)

Feyr (449684) | more than 9 years ago | (#12977004)

Reason will prevail, there's no doubt about it

Re:Snow Crash (1)

Pwned (799180) | more than 9 years ago | (#12977107)

I always say that. "listen to Reason" very few people get it. Stupid luddites.

Damn... Japan Still Exists (-1, Troll)

linsys (793123) | more than 9 years ago | (#12976912)

"Japan's Meteorological Agency said there was no danger of tsunamis, sometimes caused by undersea seismic activity. Iwo Jima is about 700 miles southeast of Tokyo."

I was hoping to say goodby to their continent...

Disclaimer: This is just a joke, please if you are Japanese don't "BLOW UP" at me.. ;)

Re:Damn... Japan Still Exists (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12976958)

i'm not japanese and i'm still wondering wtf the "joke" part is.

Re:Damn... Japan Still Exists (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12976973)

Because your'r a fucking idiot, I read this and could tell what the joke was, not it looks like it's U.

Re:Damn... Japan Still Exists (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12977120)

Okay, where is the joke genius?

dumbass.

Re:Damn... Japan Still Exists (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12976971)

I am japenese and you are racist guinea pig you chubby hedgehog!!!!!!!!!!Go eat your socks racist badger muffin!!!!!!!

Re:Damn... Japan Still Exists (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12977040)

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Re:Damn... Japan Still Exists (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12977103)

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Re:Damn... Japan Still Exists (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12977261)

This is NOT A TROL.. this is funny shit.. guess /. can't handle it..

Giant boiling water thingy (4, Funny)

Rosco P. Coltrane (209368) | more than 9 years ago | (#12976917)

Time to get a very large teabag...

Re:Giant boiling water thingy (3, Funny)

svallarian (43156) | more than 9 years ago | (#12976986)

I'll give you a very large teabag. Just keep sleeping on my couch.

Re:Giant boiling water thingy (1)

lukew (528994) | more than 9 years ago | (#12977231)

LOL

You've made my day

Re:Giant boiling water thingy (1)

jaltoids (9737) | more than 9 years ago | (#12977162)

It is salt water fool....

Lemon and butter would be more usefull, think of all the poached crab and fish arround there... YUM

The water is friggin red! (1)

htrp (894193) | more than 9 years ago | (#12976923)

Someone explain why the water in the picture looks red/brown?

I for one am slightly disturbed at this, is this normal for an undersea eruption?

Re:The water is friggin red! (4, Informative)

Rosco P. Coltrane (209368) | more than 9 years ago | (#12976943)

Someone explain why the water in the picture looks red/brown?

Probably hematite, sulfur compounds and ashes coming from the volcano. They must be mixing with the water on the ocean floor and rising with the columns of hot water.

Re:The water is friggin red! (1)

dhazard (860108) | more than 9 years ago | (#12976949)

Just a guess, Brown from the sulfur? Red from the lava? That my guess.

Re:The water is friggin red! (4, Informative)

istartedi (132515) | more than 9 years ago | (#12976950)

Because volcanos usually send up a lot of smoke and ash and crap (that's the technical term for it). The crap would usually put a lot of smoke in the air, especially from anything that burned. Since this is under water, any minerals such as iron and sulfer that might react due to the heat of the volcano, along with organic matter from dead fish, seeweed, coral, or whatever might be on the ocean floor doesn't turn into smoke. Instead, it dissolves into the water and turns it some nasty foul color, in this case reddish.

Endless fun on the ocean floor (4, Funny)

Rosco P. Coltrane (209368) | more than 9 years ago | (#12976995)

dead fish, seeweed, coral, or whatever might be on the ocean floor doesn't turn into smoke. Instead, it dissolves into the water and turns it some nasty foul color, in this case reddish.

So basically what you're saying is, when an underwater volcano goes off, coral and seeweed all leave the surface and rush down to the bottom of the ocean to watch the event, as well as countless schools of fish passing by, only they get too close and promptly die, thereby creating a giant fruit de mer soup?

Interesting theory...

Re:Endless fun on the ocean floor (1)

Alsee (515537) | more than 9 years ago | (#12977053)

So basically what you're saying is, when an underwater volcano goes off, coral and seeweed all leave the surface and rush down to the bottom of the ocean to watch the event

I'm sure the coral gets very tired by the time it swims down to the bottom :)

-

Re:The water is friggin red! (1)

Nosferatu Alucard (713350) | more than 9 years ago | (#12976960)

The brown is most likely dirt being stirred up from the ocean floor. If you have ever seen a boat docking or setting sail, the water does that as well around the turbines.

Under... (1)

presidentbeef (779674) | more than 9 years ago | (#12976963)

...pants explosion?

Gah, I can't believe I just posted that

Re:The water is friggin red! (1)

jim_v2000 (818799) | more than 9 years ago | (#12977071)

It really isn't a volcano. It's actually the site where a tanker carrying Thai Hot Chilli Sauce [huyfong.com] went down!

Re:The water is friggin red! (1)

mattjb0010 (724744) | more than 9 years ago | (#12977090)

Someone explain why the water in the picture looks red/brown?

See here [slashdot.org] .

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Sounds like a nice island... (1)

RiotXIX (230569) | more than 9 years ago | (#12976951)

Why is it uninhabited?

Re:Sounds like a nice island... (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12977056)

Probably because Iwo Jima is a Japanese Naval Base, and you need special permission to go there, there are organizations you can pay to take you there but thats only once a year. Not to mention there is still live ordinance

Re:Sounds like a nice island... (4, Interesting)

patio11 (857072) | more than 9 years ago | (#12977214)

The name means "Sulfur Island" and they didn't just decide to name it after an element because the cool names were already taken. Due to volcanic activity, the place constantly smells like rotten eggs, and looks like Hell relocated to the central Pacific. That was BEFORE the US and Japan fought a major battle over it, littering the place with unexploded ordinance (grandpa did his part cleaning it up, bringing two live artillery shells to his house as souvenirs, where they stayed undisturbed until he died... we then had to call the Chicago bomb squad twice in one week after we found them in the basement). Its still in a vaguely decent geostrategic position, but anything else you'd use an island in the Pacific (tourism, etc) for can be done better at Okinawa or Hawaii, or for that matter just about anywhere other than Iwo.

Re:Sounds like a nice island... (3, Funny)

kfg (145172) | more than 9 years ago | (#12977242)

Why is it uninhabited?

Because nobody live there. D'oh!

KFG

"Bloop monster" evolves to phase 2 (3, Funny)

AndroidCat (229562) | more than 9 years ago | (#12976962)

Tuning in to a deep sea monster (2002) [cnn.com]
Scientists have revealed a mysterious recording that they say could be the sound of a giant beast lurking in the depths of the ocean.

Researchers have nicknamed the strange unidentified sound picked up by undersea microphones "Bloop."

I'm sure we'll soon get underwater Sound Surveillance System reports of a giant "Ahhhh!" sound.

Bloop monster audio (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12977143)

Here's the roar of the fearsome beast [noaa.gov] ...

Play this with caution!! I am still quaking with terror and afraid to go near the water. Be afraid, be very afraid...

War (1)

CmdrPuto (246448) | more than 9 years ago | (#12976964)

War of the Worlds has come?

Re:War (1)

KajiCo (463552) | more than 9 years ago | (#12977065)

if all the aliens come out looking like Tom Cruise, Michael Jackson and Rosie O'Donnel. We're fucked.

Re:War (2, Funny)

raider_red (156642) | more than 9 years ago | (#12977172)

if all the aliens come out looking like Tom Cruise, Michael Jackson and Rosie O'Donnel. We're fucked.

I think I've already seen that movie. Oh, wait, that was real...

Re:War (1)

raider_red (156642) | more than 9 years ago | (#12977182)

Nah, but Spielberg did arrange for some big marketing stunt somewhere in the Pacific.

in japan... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12976981)

Mysterious vapor probes you!!!

Will this be another Surtsey? (1, Funny)

leonbrooks (8043) | more than 9 years ago | (#12976984)

If so, the Japanese can leave the Chinese islands to the south of them alone, and have this shiny new one instead. Problem solved.

Godzilla Godzilla Godzilla... (4, Funny)

KajiCo (463552) | more than 9 years ago | (#12976988)

Oh no, there goes tokyo, go go Godzilla.

they THINK it's a volcano? (3, Informative)

jim_v2000 (818799) | more than 9 years ago | (#12977028)

Come on people...you don't have to be a scientist to figure out that steam + discolored water = underwater volcano. I was in Hawaii a few weeks ago at Hawaii Volcanos National Park and I was lucky enough to see magma going into the ocean...that stuff puts out a buncha steam probably thousands of feet in the air and makes the water look discolored.

On second thought (1)

jim_v2000 (818799) | more than 9 years ago | (#12977054)

Maybe it's not a volcano at all. I'll bet a tanker full of Thai Hot Chili Sauce [huyfong.com] went down there.

This is a joke, right? (-1)

l810c (551591) | more than 9 years ago | (#12977049)

That [msn.com] plume is 3300 Miles high? So that mountain in the background is higher than Everest?

Re:This is a joke, right? (2, Informative)

typobox43 (677545) | more than 9 years ago | (#12977123)

The article... even the summary... states that it's 3300 feet high.

Re:This is a joke, right? (2, Informative)

kongit (758125) | more than 9 years ago | (#12977126)

3300 ft. You ninny.

Re:This is a joke, right? (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12977145)

That plume is 3300 Miles high?

Wow, that's several times higher than the space station.

Re:This is a joke, right? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12977224)

Your an idiot, right?

Later... (1)

Deltaspectre (796409) | more than 9 years ago | (#12977055)

"Hey guys, did you see that floater?"

man it must suck to be in japan (4, Funny)

chadamir (665725) | more than 9 years ago | (#12977092)

man, they are going to go back to the site on monday. Dont they know it's july 4th? Gosh, don't they get off for holidays?

Re:man it must suck to be in japan (1)

boomfart (823737) | more than 9 years ago | (#12977176)

Why would Japan celebrate July 4th?. Do you take a day off on Feb 11 for kenkoku kinembi?. Hmm in the interest of cultral sensitivity I should celebrate every nations national day by taking the day off wonder if the boss will fall for it?.

Re:man it must suck to be in japan (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12977192)

You *are* aware that the 4th of July is only an American holiday?

Re:man it must suck to be in japan (1)

chadamir (665725) | more than 9 years ago | (#12977209)

sarcasm surrenders

ep.N..N?! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12977127)

Steam (5, Funny)

ImaNihilist (889325) | more than 9 years ago | (#12977190)

I hate Steam.

look at the bigger picture (2, Informative)

anagama (611277) | more than 9 years ago | (#12977207)


WA Post has an "enlargeable image" [washingtonpost.com] showing the plume from the side. I haven't found a bigger one yet. What I really want is video.

Japan Probes Mysterious Vapor Eruption (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12977211)

Japan Probes Mysterious Vapor Eruption

He who smelt it, dealt it.

Cool (1)

MSBob (307239) | more than 9 years ago | (#12977213)

Looks like Japan just got some free energy from mother nature. Get some turbines over there and voila (nearly) free electricity. Especially if the geiser lasts for a while.

Do they really have to ask? (1)

Jubii (315611) | more than 9 years ago | (#12977225)

The answer is quite simple actually: IT'S GODZILLA (R)(C)(TM) [slashdot.org] Aaaahhhh!!

Pentium V? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12977232)

This looks like testing of the new Pentium V chip.
I heard Intel was having some overheating problems with the chip.
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