Mountaineers on the summit of Kasagadake watch the continuing eruption of Ontake
(Photos taken on 28 September, courtesy of A Mikami/H Yamada, Fukui Mountaineering Club)
Geological timescales and human lives converge but rarely. When they do, there is tragedy. It seems unfitting to comment on the Ontake disaster from something as frivolous as a blog. Instead, the Vox Populi column in the Asahi Shinbun says what needs to be said.