National Geographic : 1958 Jun
across the blasted, lunar landscape. At least finger across the faintly golden sheen of the a quarter of the island lay under the destruc- volcano's sandy approaches. tive pall. "They say volcanic ash enriches the soil," Quakes Preceded Island's Birth Tomaz commented. "Here some of the vil- "It started there," Tomaz said, and pointed lagers have planted as many as three crops. to a spot a little beyond where the crater But each time ash smothers the seeds. They now lay. sold their cattle when ash destroyed the pas- "We knew something was going to happen," tures. Now they have nothing." he said, "because of the earthquakes. Then, Hundreds of feet below us the narrow early on the morning of September 27, I saw shadow of the lighthouse pointed directly to- three jets of steam and ash squirting up from ward the erupting crater, casting an accusing the sea."