This weeks One Word Photo Challenge (OWPC) is Avalanche. Avalanches are often associated with snow. While living in Switzerland we were witness, on the television in any case, to numerous avalanches each year but were lucky to have avoided them while we were on the ski-slopes!
I’ve chosen to illustrate this weeks word by an avalanche of sorts that occurred in Japan. While on an excursion we were able to visit houses that had been buried under the mud and ashes of a volcanic eruption in the nineties.
Mount Udzen erupted from 1990 to 1995, and sent pyroclastic flows (superheated clouds of volcanic gas and ash) down toward the town below.
Much of the volcano’s destruction was due to large mudflows of volcanic ash, known as lahars, which flowed down the mountainside, burying several homes and buildings that lay in their path.
We were able to see a few of these houses that have been preserved at the Mizunashi Honjin Fukae Michi no Eki roadside park. Some of them are protected under a dome (illustrated above).
My feature photo was taken outside the domed exhibition.