As most of you already know, last Monday Mt. Asama erupted. Asama is located about 65 miles west of us and is one of Japan's most active volcanos. Thanks to perfect weather conditions and dead-on winds, we got quite an accumulation of volcanic ash in our area, so much that schools on base were closed on Monday due to health concerns for the kids. It wasn't that bad, except maybe for kids w/ asthma. Still, totally wild!!! Earthquakes are really normal here, we have them nearly monthly, but I never expected a volcano eruption! I scooped up a little pile into a ziplock baggie to keep as a souvenir. Check out this video of the eruption. > >
The notification on the Commander's channel. The base uses this channel to communitcate information to the base population.