Saturday, April 16, 2016

HIGH STRANGENESS: Weather Phenomenon Or Infrastructure Collapse - Japanese City Of Fukuoka, Covered In MYSTERIOUS FOAM After Earthquake?! [PHOTOS + VIDEOS]

© The Independent, UK

April 16, 2016 - JAPAN - An unexplained carpet of foamy bubbles filled streets in the centre of the southern Japanese city of Fukuoka in the early hours of Saturday morning - shortly after tremors from a devastating earthquake of magnitude 7.3 shook the town.

Twitter users posted pictures of the mysterious foam, with one calling it "disgusting".

"I saw it just after the earthquake," said Kazuki Nabeta, who lives in the busy central district of Tenjin, where the bubbles were found. Some have speculated that the earthquake may have caused an underground pipe to burst.

"People were posting pictures on Twitter and it was near my house, so I went out to have a look," said Mr Nabeta.

"There was a fire engine there. There wasn't anything special about it - it was normal foam." Fukuoka is 90km away from Kumamoto, where the strongest tremors were felt.

Residents of Fukuoka reported strong shaking but little damage from the two quakes, which took place on Friday and Saturday. At least 29 people have been killed by the earthquakes, which injured more than 1,500 and left many more homeless.

WATCH: Mysterious foam appears in Fukuoka.

A spokesperson at the Fukuoka town hall said they did not know anything about the bubbles, which remain a mystery. - Independent.


GEOLOGICAL UPHEAVALS: Massive Crack Opens Up Along Jurassic Coast In Dorset, England - Measured About 328 FEET; Thousands Of TONNES Of Earth Moved; Walkers Warned To Steer Clear Of The Chasm! [PHOTOS]

© ITV News

April 16, 2016 - ENGLAND - A huge crack running 100m (328ft) opened up on a section of Dorset's Jurassic Coast on April 13, 2016. It appeared between Bowleaze Cove and Redcliff Point at Preston, near Weymouth.

The massive crack splits the land in two on the famous Jurassic Coast in Dorset.

The resulting crevasse measures about 250 yards long, up to 3ft wide and 4ft deep on April 12, 2016.

Thousands of tonnes of earth have given way and will continue to slip away, changing the landscape of the renowned coastline.

It is unknown when the cliff will fall down on the beach, but walkers and tourists are now being warned to steer clear of the chasm.

© Dorset Echo/Alan Holiday

Coastguards said the crack started to appear at the end of March.
© BBC/Wyke Regis Coastguard

The drop in the cracked section is just over 1m (3ft).© BBC

This gigantic landslip was caused by heavy rainfall in the last few months. Fossil hunters and beachgoers are also being warned as the crack will mean extra clay and mud on the shore below the cliff.

As if an earthquake had struck.

The thing is that this geological process is all part of a progressive evolution of the coastline. If hundreds of thousands of tonnes of rock have moved there is an increased risk of rock falls and mud that will spill out onto the beach and create a danger.

Watch a video here.

The soil is very unstable right now so keep away.

- Strange Sounds.

DISASTER IMPACT: Japan Earthquake Update - Over 40 People Killed; 90,000 Evacuated As Japan Is Hit By 2 Powerful Earthquakes And Devastating Landslides; 230 Aftershocks In 48 Hours; Widespread Damage To Buildings; Hundreds Of Thousands Without Electricity And Water! [PHOTOS + VIDEOS]

Landslides sever National Route No. 57 in Minami-Aso, Kumamoto Prefecture, on April 16. Aso-ohashi bridge also collapsed. © Mahito Kaai

April 16, 2016 - JAPAN - Dozens of people are feared trapped under rubble in southern Japan, as the death toll from two earthquakes has climbed to 41. The search for survivors is in full swing, while 90,000 people have been evacuated from their homes to safer locations.

Over 200 aftershocks have hit Japan following the initial Thursday tremor of 6.5-magnitude, which hit the city of Kumamoto on the island of Kyushu. Officials have warned that the risk of further strong aftershocks will linger for about a week.

About 190 of the injured are in serious condition, the Japanese government said.

WATCH: Second deadly quake destroys homes in southern Japan.

Only 24 hours later the same areas was struck by a violent 7.1-magnitude earthquake. The Japan Meteorological Agency briefly issued tsunami warnings for the areas that were still recovering from Thursday’s devastating tremors.

Japan woke up to scenes of devastation yesterday after a second huge earthquake struck. © Reuters

In this aerial image, Aso Ohashi Bridge is washed away by a landslide. © Reuters

The overall death toll from the two quakes now stands at 41, with more than 1,000 people injured - 184 of them seriously.

About 90,000 people in Kumamoto Prefecture were evacuated to shelters, authorities say.

“We are aware of multiple locations where people have been buried alive,” Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said. “Police, firefighters and Self Defense Force personnel are doing all they can to rescue them.”

Local residents look at cracks caused by an earthquake on a road in Mashiki town, Kumamoto prefecture, southern Japan, in this photo taken by Kyodo April 16, 2016.
© Reuters

The death toll in the earthquakes may be climbing by the hour, Kumamoto Prefectural official Tomoyuki Tanaka said.

About 170,000 households were without electricity and 385,000 without water following the powerful quakes.

Yuichiro Yoshikado described his experience during Thursday’s earthquake to AP. He was in the bathroom at the time.

"I grabbed onto the sides of the bathtub, but the water in the tub, it was about 70 percent filled with water, was going like this," he said, waving his arms, "and all the water splashed out."

"I thought I was going to die and I couldn't bear it any longer," he added.

Among 29 casualties are two students from Tokai University.

“We offer our sincerest prayers for the two,” said a University statement. “We're trying to confirm the safety of other students.”

“I felt strong shaking at first, then I was thrown about like I was in a washing machine,” a Tokai University student told local media, “All the lights went out and I heard a loud noise. A lot of gas is leaking and while there hasn't been a fire, that remains a concern.”

The quakes triggered massive landslides, which cut off roads and destroyed bridges, local media reported, adding that they imperiled rescue and relief efforts.

Meteorologists forecast heavy rain and wind, adding that the temperature is expected to drop to 13 degrees Celsius.

"The wind is expected to pick up and rain will likely get heavier," Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said during a government meeting. "Rescue operations at night will be extremely difficult ... It's a race against time."

230 aftershocks hit Japan in 48hrs

The latest big aftershock came hours after the second deadly earthquake and measured magnitude 5.3.

Japan has suffered more than 230 aftershocks of at least level 1 on the Japanese scale since Thursday's earthquake, Japan's meteorological agency said.

"We have already seen several in the mid to upper 5 plus magnitude range, and over the next several days and weeks, we would not be surprised to see more earthquakes of this size," said John Bellini, a geophysicist with the USGS, as cited by Reuters.

WATCH: Double quakes hit Japan.

Local residents are still in shock over the earthquakes and the following tremors.

“We left my house as we could not stay due to continuous jolts,” local resident Hisako Ogata, 61, told AFP, “It was so scary," she added. "Thank God we are still alive.”

Mount Aso volcano erupts after 2 quakes

Hours after the second deadly earthquake, the Japan Meteorological Agency recorded an eruption at Mount Aso, the largest active volcano in Japan.

WATCH: Mount Aso erupts.

The 1,592-meter volcano is nearly 30 minutes’ drive from the earthquakes epicenter. It is not yet clear if the volcano’s seismic activity is connected to the quakes.

Numerous photos and videos on social media showed plumes of smoke rising some 100 meters into the sky.

Historic monuments damaged in the quakes

Several historic monuments in Kumamoto Prefecture have been badly damaged in the quakes.

The 1,700-year-old Aso Shrine in the town of Aso, one of the oldest and most prominent shrines in Japan, has been severely damaged. Some of its curved tiled roofs were flattened on the ground.

The shrine’s towering gate, known as the “Rōmon” or “Cherry Blossom Gate” collapsed and is in ruins. The haiden or worshiping hall was also destroyed.

The Aso Shrine was officially recognized as one of the Kanpei-taisha - it stood in the first rank of government-supported shrines.

The quake has also destroyed another historic Japanese icon – the 400-year-old Kumamoto Castle, which is considered one of the three main castles in Japan. Its walls were severely breached, TV footage showed.

The castle's administrative office closed the structure to tourists.

"Please do not go close to the stone walls as aftershocks continue," the office announced on its Facebook page.

- RT.


MASS ANIMAL DIE-OFFS: Migratory Patterns And Disaster Precursors - Mass Deaths Of Saiga Antelope In Kazakhstan Caused By Bacteria; And RARE "Megamouth" Shark Caught Off Japan?! [VIDEO]

Saiga carcasses are tossed into a trailer following a similar but much smaller die-off event in 2010.  © Uralskaya nedelya/Raul Uporov/Reuters

April 16, 2016 - EARTH - The following constitutes the latest reports of unusual and symbolic animal behavior, mass die-offs, beaching and stranding of mammals, and the appearance of rare creatures.

Mass deaths of saiga antelope in Kazakhstan caused by bacteria

Almost total decimation of Betpak-Dala's population of 200,000 saiga antelopes in 2015 caused by pathogen that led to hemorrhagic septicemia, say scientists

The mysterious mass deaths of about 200,000 saiga antelopes in Kazakhstan last year was caused by a bacterial infection.

As news emerged in May last year of the near-total decimation of the Betpak-Dala population of saiga antelope, there was plenty of speculation but few concrete answers as to what might have been responsible. Kazakhstan's mass antelope deaths mystify conservationists

One idea was that rainfall had resulted in widespread, mortal bloat. Perhaps there had been some infectious disease that had wiped out herd after herd. Some even blamed poisoning by toxic rocket fuel spread around Kazakhstan's Baikonur Cosmodrome.

In the runup to this year's breeding season, which is when the animals are at their most vulnerable to such events, the Saiga Conservation Alliance (SGA) has released the latest thinking on what caused the mass mortality in 2015. Several labs have confirmed the presence of the bacterium Pasteurella multocida in tissue samples from carcasses collected during last year's die-off.

Saiga antelope in 2011, before the mass deaths of 2015. © Anatoly Ustinenko/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images

134,000 saiga antelope dead in two weeks. What is the probable cause?

This pathogen normally lives harmlessly in the respiratory tract of these antelope but it appears to have run amok, resulting in hemorrhagic septicemia. This is known to occur in wild and domestic animals in grassland ecosystems, but it has never resulted in close to 100% mortality as was observed in the Betpak-Dala population. Research efforts are now concentrating on figuring out how the Pasturella could have taken over as it did.

Are there any steps that could be taken to minimise the chances of a repeat of last year? Not really, says Richard Kock of the Royal Veterinary College. "There is no practical prophylaxis possible against hemorrhagic septicemia in saiga given the species' behaivour and the lack of a delivery mechanism for a vaccine." If, however, there are other contributing factors that can be identified, "the potential for intervention can be reassessed" in the future, he says.

Prior to the deaths last year, the global population of saiga stood at around 262,000. The decimation of the Betpak-Dala herd means that there are now fewer than 100,000 animals in existence.

"With the saiga's calving season just around the corner in early May, you can feel the tension mounting amongst everyone who works with this critically endangered species," says Caryln Samuel, SCA's administrator.

Rare 'megamouth' shark caught off Japan

Fishermen were stunned to when they saw the massive beast

An incredibly rare deepwater shark has been caught by terrified fishermen.

The massive 16ft beast was snared in fishing nets as stunned sailors were forced to pull up the monstrous fish - reportedly weighing over a tonne.

The enormous deep sea dweller has been identified as a megamouth shark and was caught five kilometres off the coast of central Japan.

The shark was 16ft long

They have only been spotted 60 times since they were first discovered in 1976 - when a deep-sea anchor caught one off the coast of Hawaii.

The sharks dive as deep as 160 metres underwater during the day before rising as high as 12 metres during the night to feed.

WATCH: Extremely rare megamouth shark caught off the coast of Japan.

- Guardian | Daily Star.

EXTREME WEATHER: More Signs Of Increasing Magnetic Polar Migration - Lightning Bolt Kills Man In Boynton Beach, Florida; And Lightning Kills 3 In Bangladesh!

April 16, 2016 - EARTH - A 23-year-old man died after he was struck by lightning in Boynton Beach Friday, as heavy storms rolled across Palm Beach County. Meanwhile, three people, including a local Jubo League leader, were killed in separate incidents of lightning strike during storm in Sadar and Lakhai upazilas in Habiganj, Bangladesh.

Lightning bolt kills man in Boynton Beach, Florida

The incident happened just before 6 p.m. while the man was standing under a tree in front of a house on the 200 block of North Palm Drive, police said.

The unidentified man was taken to Bethesda Medical Center, where he died, said Officer Jaclyn Smith, spokeswoman for the Boynton Beach Police Department.

Lightning kills 3 in Bangladesh

The deceased were identified as Ramjan Ali, 35, a resident of Paschim Bolla union in Lakhali upazila and also Jubo League president of the union, Shafiqul, 40, of Badirkara village of the same upazila and Abid Ali, 22, of Kashiar Abla village of Sadar upazila.

Sadar upazila health complex sources said a thunderbolt struck the trio while they were working in fields in their respective villages around 2:00pm, leaving them seriously injured.

Later, they were rushed to the hospital where doctors declared them dead.

- Sun Sentinel | Daily Star.


OMEN: Plagues & Pestilences - Two-Headed Calf Discovered At Slaughterhouse In Obidos, Brazil?!

Two headed calf. Liliane Viana

April 16, 2016 - BRAZIL - Gruesome remains of a malformed two-headed calf have stunned slaughterhouse staff in Brazil.

The freak creature was discovered in the womb of a slaughtered cow thought to have been too old to produce anymore offspring.

Each fully formed head had a pair of eyes, ears, nostrils and a muzzle, and each sat on separate necks attached to a single body with four legs and a shared tail.

The still born calf, weighing around 5kg and aged around seven months old, was also completely hairless .

Workers in the town Obidos, in west Brazil, said they were shocked by the sight of the calf despite being used to butchering animals.

One worker said: "We have never seen anything like it in our lives. Word about the animal spread rapidly around the town and loads of people came to have a look. It shocked us all at how weird and alien it looked."

Aluísio Cancio, the owner of the mother said he had chosen to kill the animal because she had become too old to keep and he never imagined she was pregnant.

He said: "At this time of year I normally move my cattle to a drier part of the land as the area they graze on gets flooded naturally by the river. To pay for the transportation costs, I decided to sell 20 cows for slaughter. I chose this cow because she was very old."

Gruesome remains of the still born calf. Liliane Viana

He added his brother had taken the animals to the slaughterhouse and was the first person to break the news when he returned from the delivery.

"I've been working in this business for over 40 years and I have never seen anything happen like this in the town. I was surprised and I admit it scared me as well, but I understand that even though it is weird it is a work of nature."

Brazilian vet, Simone Vieira Castro, explained to local television it was unusual for a cow to have a twin pregnancy.

He said: "In this case, I believe because the animal was old, the embryos failed to divide properly. Instead of the two foetuses developing separately they formed as one body with some separate extremities."

Another possible reason for the abnormality or being born with more than one head - known as polycephaly - is the repeated use of the same mating bull, limiting the genetic variability in the flock.

Castro added: "Because of the degree of mutation this animal would never have survived, even if it had been born alive."

The remains have been frozen and are expected to be donated to a nearby university for veterinary students to study. - Mirror.


EXTREME WEATHER: Tornado Rips Through Southwestern City Of Dolores In Uruguay - Four People Killed; Over 200 People Suffer Injuries; Over 400 Structures Damaged Or Destroyed! [PHOTOS + VIDEOS]

© Twitter
April 16, 2016 - URUGUAY - A tornado ripped through the southwestern city of Dolores in Uruguay, killing four people and leaving hundreds injured, government officials said.

More than 200 people suffered injuries and about 400 structures have been affected, said Uruguayan Sen. Guillermo Besozzi.

Images from the city showed overturned cars piled on top of one other, shattered windows and decimated buildings.

© Twitter

© Twitter

© Twitter

© Twitter

The tornado hit the city around 4 p.m. local time Friday. The National Institute of Meteorology has yet to determine the scale of the tornado.

"There are businesses in the center of the city, completely destroyed. Schools, churches destroyed. This is something never seen before. This is something out of the normal for our country," Besozzi said.

WATCH: Tornado hits Dolores.

Mariela Umpiérrez, a resident of Dolores, told CNN en Español that her house, office car and those of her relatives were damaged. "The images seems taken out of a movie, but not from reality," she said. The Uruguay government pledged to send emergency help to the affected areas. There have been some looting in the area, but the government has sent officers to address it, Besozzi said. - CNN.

RATTLE & HUM: Mysterious Sounds Heard Across The Planet - Cause Of House Explosion In El Reno, Oklahoma Remains A Mystery; Residents In The Area Report Vibrations, "BIG EXPLOSION", Windows Rattling And Floors Shaking?! [VIDEO]


April 16, 2016 - OKLAHOMA, UNITED STATES - Investigators are still trying to figure out what caused a house explosion in El Reno Wednesday afternoon.

Shortly before 4 p.m. on Wednesday, authorities were called to a home at 1120 S. Hadden in El Reno after a possible explosion.

Residents three blocks away reported hearing their windows rattle and feeling their floors shake. El Reno officials confirm one person was injured and taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.

She remains in critical condition, according to El Reno fire officials.

Investigators still haven't been able to determine what caused the explosion.

Fire officials said they haven't found any explosives, and ONG claimed there's no evidence of a natural gas leak.

On Thursday, caution tape blocked off the damage site, not far from Hillcrest Park.

Neighbors are still shaken about the unexpected event.

"All the sudden, we just felt this vibration, this big explosion, and we didn't know what it was," said Danny Rundell.

WATCH: Investigators working to determine cause of El Reno house explosion.

Rundell, who lives just over a block from the explosion site, said he was watching TV when it happened.

"I've never felt anything like that before in my whole life," Rundell said.

Even city officials are shocked.

"Not here in El Reno. Sometimes, you may see it on TV but, in 30 years, I don't think we've ever experienced anything like this," said Chief Kent Lagaly, El Reno Fire Dept. The explosion caused the house to move about two feet off of its foundation, creating a slant.

Fire officials said the damage is too dangerous to stay like this, the whole house will have to go.

"The last thing we want is kids to come in here. Kids are curious. We just don't want anyone else to get hurt by anything happening with this structure until we can make it safe," Lagaly said.

Soon after the investigation, the demolition will begin, starting with the chimney - it's leaning, on the verge of falling onto the neighbor's house.

"It couldn't have been a natural cause. There had to be something else. That's the only thing I could figure," Rundell said.

While a lot of questions up in the air, the fire chief said the explosion doesn't appear to be suspicious.

"Whatever caused this, it was not something intentional in any way, shape or form. Time will tell us,"
Lagaly said.


DELUGE: Heavy Floods Hit Iran - Several People Killed! [VIDEO]

© YouTube/PressTV News Videos

April 16, 2016 - IRAN - The floods have washed away cars and blocked roads. Iranian railway authority has canceled all trains scheduled for Friday to and from the southern parts of the country.

Iran's Red Crescent says 126 cities have been affected by the floods. In Khuzestan, nearly 21-hundred people have been evacuated to safer areas.

Several people have been injured in the southern province while some three-hundred homes are under water in Lorestan.

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani has ordered authorities to mobilize all resources available to provide relief assistance to the flood-stricken people.

WATCH: Several killed by heavy floods across Iran.

- YouTube.

WAR ON MOTHER NATURE: We Are Rapidly Approaching An Environmental Catastrophe - Plastic Waste In The Ocean WILL OUTNUMBER FISH BY 2050! [VIDEO]

The study says that plastic waste entering the ocean is one to three orders of magnitude greater than the reported mass of floating plastic debris
in high-concentration ocean gyres and also globally.

April 16, 2016 - OCEANS - A dump truck full of plastic is unloaded into the sea every minute, and experts say the situation is growing worse, with plastic debris expected to outnumber fish by 2050.

With plastic production currently at a twentyfold increase since 1964, generating 311m tonnes in 2014, a new report by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation has revealed we are rapidly approaching an environmental catastrophe — especially where the world's oceans are concerned. This number is expected to double in the next 20 years and almost quadruple by 2050.

New plastics will use 20% of all oil within 35 years, which stands at around 7% today. And, despite the increasing demand, a mere 5% of all plastics are recycled successfully — with 40% ending up in landfills and a third in delicate ecosystems like the ocean. The remainder tends to be burned to generate energy, which has its own environmental impact not only in the pollution this practice generates, but also because it causes more fossil fuels to be used in order to make new plastic products like bags, cups, tubs and consumer devices.

A sea of plastic

One of the more shocking details in the report addresses how, by 2050, we will have more plastic in the ocean than fish. Sit with that for a moment. The day will come in the not so distant future where the sea will be so clogged with plastic debris, fish will be in the minority.

The report states that every year "at least 8m tonnes of plastics leak into the ocean - which is equivalent to dumping the contents of one garbage truck into the ocean every minute. If no action is taken, this is expected to increase to two per minute by 2030 and four per minute by 2050. In a business-as-usual scenario, the ocean is expected to contain one tonne of plastic for every three tonnes of fish by 2025, and by 2050, more plastics than fish [by weight]."

This scenario isn't only horrifying from an aesthetic point of view, the environmental impact has far-reaching ramifications. Think bisphenol A (BPA), DDT, PCBs — three exceptionally toxic chemicals present in plastic. BPA causes a number of disorders, including cancer, diabetes, infertility and obesity. DDT is linked with cancer, miscarriages, low birth weight, male infertility, developmental delay, nervous system and liver damage. PCBs also contribute to cancer and are linked with disorders of the immune, reproductive, nervous and endocrine systems.

All three poisons endanger wildlife as well. So much so that UK whales and dolphins are at risk of extinction because of high levels of PCBs in the environment. Another example that illustrates how utterly toxic our oceans have become is when scientists discovered yogurt cups, food wrappers and a shoe in the stomach of a dead orca. How did we arrive at such a point of madness?

Unfortunately, when plastic breaks down, poisons leach into the environment — especially the ocean. Fish are also attracted to these colorful bits and eat them, which invariably saturates their tissues with toxins. In the end, the chemicals arrive on our dinner plates.

As observed in Plastic is Killing the Planet and Our Health — Here's How We Can Turn the Tide:
"Here's the catch: every piece of plastic that was ever made is still with us today as it was designed to last — and it does, for hundreds of years. The ecosystem and our health are choked by it. What will the planet look like in the not so distant future with the ever increasing influx of this hardwearing material? It's a sobering thought and one that doesn't have an easy answer."
What can we do?

The first step in reducing our plastic load is to become informed. The documentary Plastic Paradise is an excellent place to start. We can also get industry on-board to help mitigate the problem.
"One part of the solution is to rethink the way goods are packaged, cutting the demand for plastic. Water-soluble film, for example, can be used to wrap small items. Hard-to-recycle plastics such as PVC and expandable polystyrene could be phased out. [...]

Manufacturers could redesign plastic items so they can be reused better, and rethink their production methods to make recycling easier. More products could be made out of plastics which can be composted on an industrial scale, including rubbish bags for organic waste and food packaging for outdoor events, canteens and fast food outlets." [source]
As consumers, we have tremendous power in turning the plastic tide. Environmentally friendly ideas include:
  • Reject single use plastic bags, food containers and bottles
  • Rethink shampoo, dish and laundry soap
  • Petition your favorite brands to fa
  • vor biodegradable packaging like paper and glass
  • Contact your local stores and educate them about the damaging effects of plastic
  • Avoid synthetic fabrics and opt for hemp, wool, cotton or silk instead
  • Swap out plastic wrap and bags
  • Seek out supplement brands that aren't housed in plastic
  • Don't purchase or consume canned food
  • If you have children, choose natural toys
For further details about the above suggestions, click here.

There are several bright spots on the eco-friendly horizon, such as a plastic eating mushroom and a small household device developed in Japan that converts plastic waste into heating oil, gasoline, kerosene and diesel.

As wonderful as these developments are, we are still faced with an overload of plastic - and it will only become worse. Until we get a handle on the underlying problem of consumption and waste, innovative technologies will simply be a Band-Aid for a larger problem. Article sources:

WATCH: Plastic Paradise - The Great Pacific Garbage Patch Trailer.

About the author:

Carolanne Wright enthusiastically believes if we want to see change in the world, we need to be the change. As a nutritionist, natural foods chef and wellness coach, Carolanne has encouraged others to embrace a healthy lifestyle of organic living, gratefulness and joyful orientation for over 13 years.

Through her website, she looks forward to connecting with other like-minded people from around the world who share a similar vision. You can also follow Carolanne on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. - Wake Up World.


GLOBAL VOLCANISM: Mount Aso Volcano Erupts Following Violent Earthquake Streak In Japan - Plumes Of Smoke Rose Over 100 Meters Into The Sky! [PHOTOS + VIDEOS]

April 16, 2016 - JAPAN - After a series of deadly earthquakes in Japan, a “small-scale” eruption of Mount Aso has been recorded by the Japan Meteorological Agency.

However, it decided to keep the alert level at 2, as it was not immediately clear whether the natural disasters were related. Plumes of smoke rose some 100 meters into the sky, according to local media and videos captured by witnesses.

© Associated Press

The eruption of Mt. Aso, located in southern Japan, was recorded at around 11:30pm GMT Friday.Since small eruptions had been recorded at Mt. Aso even before the series of deadly quakes hit the area on Thursday and Friday, the Japanese Meteorological Agency has reportedly decided to keep the alert level at 2 on a scale of 1-5.The volcano eruption follows two deadly earthquakes and dozens of powerful aftershocks that devastated Japan earlier this week.

On Friday (1:25am Saturday local time) a violent 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck the city of Kumamoto on the island of Kyushu. At least 11 people have so been confirmed dead in the disaster so far, while several dozens are feared to still be trapped under the rubble. Some 760 were treated in hospitals while rescue teams continue to search ruined houses.

Just a day beforehand, the same region was rattled by a 6.5 quake, in which at least ine people were killed and more than 850 injured. Authorities went on to evacuate over 40,000 people as scientists began to monitor nearby volcanoes for any signs of activity.

WATCH: Mount Aso volcano erupts.

Japanese authorities were also worried about a potential repeat of the 2011 Fukushima disaster scenario, when a 15-meter post-quake tsunami caused a nuclear meltdown. However, so far the Nuclear Regulation Authority said no irregularities had been recorded at three nuclear plants on the island of Kyushu and nearby Shikoku.

Over a hundred aftershocks have hit the region following the initial Thursday tremor. Officials have warned that the risk of further strong aftershocks will linger for about a week. - RT.