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A Great Eruption.

The "Japan Herald" of January 26 gives the following details of one: of the most terrible volcanic.• eruptions <iri> the recent-history of Japan, althoughl,'fortunately, it was attended with small loss of life :—

An Osaka journal reports a. so'rious volcanic eruption. ■ Mount Zb-6; near the town of Fukuyama, Bingo district, commenced to rumble at 8 o'clock on the evening of January 16th,. and this continued for two hours, followed by a short cessation, during which period'the. in<habitants of neighboring villages vruahed away in great confusion from <their;homcs.' It was not long before the erupt'ion'came. The top of the mountain was'lifted off, ; there was a din equalling a gigantic dynamite explosion; and sand - and stone were belched forth, falling, in the, neighborhood of Fukuyama, whither smoke and fire were also blown by the' wind 1." The town was covered .with .sand and earth at its entrance to a depth of more than a foot. Stones and earth also fell at. Midimomimura a village, tux:-, or seven ' miles from the scene of the eruption. ' No previous eruption of Mount Zo-o is re- • corded. ' ), .■ v'■

The nature of the disaster and the panic it has caused are said to baffle description. Only one death, however, is known to have been caused—that of a man who was returning from Kasaoka, in Blitchu district. He had just reached the bottom of-the mountain when< the eruption occurred. According to. the investigations made by the district office, one, person has been killed, two horses, ■ and eight cattle killed, and fifty-five houses' tles^ troyed. The total loss entailed by the eruption is estimated at £680,000.

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A Great Eruption., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2412, 28 April 1890

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A Great Eruption. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2412, 28 April 1890

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