The latest such story is that of the recent surprise eruption of Mount Ontake in Japan on September 27th which killed 67 day hikers including Izume Noguchi (pictured below) who snapped three amazing images of the ash cloud hurling towards him right before he died of which two of those images are featured below.
|Izume Noguchi in the final hours of his life as captured in his own camera by an unknown photographer.|
|The first image of the eruption captured by Izume Noguchi.|
|This is a more distant view from down the mountain of the same eruption at about the same time or some seconds later. |
Photo courtesy Associated Press and Kyodo News Agency.
|Izume Noguchi's unscorched cameras found with his body suggesting he was killed by asphyxia and not thermal shock. |
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|This is the building seen in the Izume Noguchi images above and where he likely died. I was unaware that such a fantasy-inspiring, Tolkien-esque place existed on Earth made all the more LOTR-ish by the devastated look of it evoking mental images of the aftermath of an attack by Smaug. |
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|A more distant view of the structure seen in the Noguchi images but showing some additional structures below it. The entire scene does not even look real but rather like a CGI-generated image. |
Photo courtesy Kyodo News Agency.