National Geographic : 2008 Jan
FLASHBACK The Heat of the Moment An exploring party speeds away from Sakurajima on the third day of that Japanese volcano's January 1914 eruption. This photo, along with one of the same group gazing into a lava flow with "handkerchiefs over the faces to protect throats from hydrochloric acid fumes," appeared in the April 1924 National Geographic. This eruption-the largest ever in Japan-came as no surprise. The ground around the volcano had rumbled for days; in the nearby city of Kagoshima, 417 earthquakes were recorded in the 30 hours before the mountain blew its top. Sakurajima's first recorded eruption occurred in A.D. 708. It still belches dangerous gases and rains ash on a regular basis, and is one of the most active volcanoes on Earth. - Margaret G. Zackowitz t Flashback Archive Find all the photos at ngm.com. PHOTO:OSAKAMAINICHISHIMBUN,NATIONALGEOGRAPHICIMAGECOLLECTION NATIONALGEOGRAPHIC(ISSN0027-9358)IS PUBLISHEDMONTHLYBY THE NATIONALGEOGRAPHICSOCIETY,1145 17THST.NW,WASHINGTON,DC 20036-4688.$34.00A YEARFOR U.S. DELIVERY,$6.00 PERSINGLECOPY(INCLUDESPOSTAGEAND HANDLING).IN CANADA,AGREEMENTNUMBER40063649,RETURNUNDELIVERABLECANADIANADDRESSESTO NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC,PO BOX 4412STN. A, TORONTO,ONTARIOM5W 3W2. UNITEDKINGDOMNEWSSTANDCOVERPRICE£3.95.PERIODICALSPOSTAGEPAIDAT WASHINGTON,DC, AND AT ADDITIONALMAILING OFFICES.POSTMASTER:SENDADDRESSCHANGESTO NATIONALGEOGRAPHIC,POBOX 63002,TAMPA,FL33663-3002.MEMBERS:IF THEPOSTALSERVICEALERTS USTHATYOURMAGAZINEIS UNDELIVERABLE,WEHAVE NO FURTHEROBLIGATIONUNLESSWE RECEIVEA CORRECTEDADDRESSWITHINTWOYEARS.