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Best to tread carefully around cantankerous mountains

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"Kojiki" (Records of Ancient Matters), Japan's oldest existing chronicle dating from the early eighth century, contains accounts that imply volcanic activity.

Geophysicist Torahiko Terada (1878-1935) wrote that many episodes concerning the Shinto storm god Susanoo "clearly suggest volcanic phenomena."

In one, Susanoo's hysterical wailing causes trees in the mountains to wither and the sea and rivers to dry up. According to Terada, this is strongly evocative of a destructive volcanic event that killed vegetation and dumped ash on the coastal waters and rivers.

"Kojiki" was compiled about........

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