30.A Volcano Eruption
As the best candidate, I was appointed to collect and evaluate information for a
database about diverse natural disasters, such as hurricanes, typhoons or
thunderstorms. Sometimes I did this by giving out questionnaires to those who
went through them. But sometimes I had to go through actual disasters myself.
The Musaki Volcano was one of them.
At that time, I lived in a bungalow alongside the volcano with a novelist, who
came for the appreciation of its eruption. One day, when I was drawing diagrams
on the balcony and he was bathing inside, the volcano erupted unexpectedly. The
ash and lava fountains shooting highly in the sky varied from 50 to 100 meters in
height. It was absolutely fantastic! I even noticed a rainbow appear in the fog caused
by a heat wave.But, glancing through our surroundings, I foresaw the potential
danger and found no guarantee of our safety. The uncomfortable gas almost made
us unconscious. Sweats of anxiety began to drop. Managing to stop panicking and
trembling, we quickly put on our protective suits, helmets and boots and eventually
made our way to a safe place. How lucky we were even though my precious equipment
and documents were all burnt to the ground!