A tsunami-proof island

Want to live free of giant waves, yet still enjoy tropical weather and excellent scuba diving? Move to Guam (Google cached copy here), where I was stationed with the Coast Guard from 1994-96. Guam’s coral reefs and the nearby Marianas Trench protect it from tsunamis.
Of course, the occasional typhoon can cramp your style. There are plenty of brown tree snakes, which cause power outages and which have eaten nearly all the birds and bats on the island … which results in lots of big, hungry jungle bugs scuttling about unmolested. Let’s not forget the roaming packs of feral dogs, either. Oh, and wild boars. And surly “nationalist” islanders. But hey, at least tsunamis aren’t an issue.
On the plus side, Saipan’s close.

Anatahan volcano rumbles again

Back in 1994-96 I did a tour on a buoy tender homeported in Guam. I remember steaming past volcanic Anatahan Island once, on the way to a rendezvous with a patrol boat for a two-ship BBQ in the middle of Maug Island (Quicktime VR available). At the time, Anatahan was already evacuated due to earthquakes that heralded a possible eruption. We slid within a mile to the west of the deserted island, and in among the overgrown vegetation we spotted some wandering cattle. It was a peaceful sight, and I don’t recall any visible gases coming out of either volcano.
In May of last year, it blew. An insomniac Space Shuttle astronaut was the first to notice, and he snapped some digital photos before calling Houston to let them know something was up. It was the first eruption of Anatahan in recorded history, and the ash cloud forced the FAA to reroute air traffic around it.
Now, the AP reports that Anatahan might be ready to blow again. If it does, I’ll get every photo I can find.
This should be very, very cool.