Prof. Maeno warns Nishino-shima collapse may generate a tsunami

According to media reports, Fukashi Maeno, assistant professor of the Earthquake Research Institute at the University of Tokyo, warned that if lava continues to mount on growing volcanic island Nishino-shima, Japan’s Ogasawara archipelago, parts of the island’s slopes could collapse and generate a dangerous tsunami.Craters on the island are currently spewing out 200 000 m3 (7 million ft3) of lava every day.A rockfall of 12 million m3 of lava would generate 1 meter (3 feet) tsunami which would reach the island of Chichijima, located some 130 km away, in around 18 minutes, he warned.During an underwater volcano eruption on November 21, 2013, a new island – Niijima – was born in Ogasawara archipelago and starte… »

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Pacific Islands capital to be relocated due to coastal hazards and climate change

Taro, the capital of Solomon Island’s Choiseul Province, is getting relocated to the mainland due to coastal hazards and the risk of rising sea levels resulting from climate change. This marks the first time a Pacific Islands capital with all its services and facilities would be relocated due to coastal hazards and climate change.The University of Queensland worked with British Maritime Technologies WBM (BMT WBM) and Buckley Vann town planners to develop a comprehensive climate change adaptation plan to move the town of Taro to the adjacent mainland.UQ School of Civil Engineering’s Professor Tom Baldock said the community of Taro was under significant risk from tsunamis and ocean storms.“As the capital of the Choiseul Province, Taro is les… »

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