CNN’s a little behind the times, but Japan Today has an update.
This part of the article amused me:
A Maritime Self-Defense Force member at the MSDF’s aviation base on Iwojima Island, north of Minami-Iwojima Island, spotted the column of water vapor about 1,000 meters high and 50-100 meters thick at 5:45 p.m. Saturday.
Note that they place “Iwojima Island” as “north of Minami-Iwojima Island”. There are two funny things about that.
- “-jima” means island, so they are literally saying “Iwo Island Island”.
- “Minami” means south, so their explanation is that Iwojima is “north of South Iwo Island Island”. That seems kind of logical, doesn’t it?