After Explosion

The Strato volcano, Miyake-jima, located 110 miles southwest of Tokyo in Japan, blasted a huge eruption last June to July of 2000. This volcano is estimated to be, from sea floor, 3,600 ft high.  Another earthquake in 2010 brought about more earthquakes and a notable one which had a magnitude of 6.4 causing one loss of life and left the island on the uppermost part of the volcano deserted from its settlers of around 3,000. It was allowed to be resided again was in January 2011 for safety precautions that continued for 5 years.

The Geological Survey of Japan was able to produce a map of Miyake-jima’s explosion which is significant for researchers’ and government officials’ future use in relation to understanding such natural hazards and developing mitigation methods and techniques.

The aesthetics used on this map is eye-catching and in a glimpse causes one to pause to relieve curiosity. From afar it can be easily mistaken to be an artwork or a piece of painting due to its abstract appearance and the noticeable colours that play with it. The various colours and shapes on the map of the volcano indicate the type of the lava flows (pyroclastic flows), vegetation, and water. These same aesthetics are effective in enhancing visual attention to and appreciation of the map. If one is to take a closer look, contours and small details within the image of the map can be spotted. Such information is not easily read by the general public since this map is purposely created for scientific studies. Though seemingly complicated to understand by an ordinary viewer, it justifies its complex nature and serves its objectives; that is to provide relevant data to geologists and other concerned scientists as well as those who are in government. The contents within this map might be enough for an ordinary geologist, but even government officials are more likely to question the values and variables incorporated to the colours and shapes seen in the map; thus, it is more desirable to add a legend. In addition, an inset map containing the continent of Japan and boxing the relative location of this volcano in that area would be much helpful to have an immediate visualization on its orientation. It is also even more appreciated particularly by the general public, as to be able to be the reader of this map, for the map to provide an inset containing an aerial photo of the volcano itself, just like the one on the left of the actual map of Miyake-jima. Improving further, a short description and a clearer and concise title about the map or a very brief background on the volcano would be appropriate and helpful to an ordinary reader.


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