Here's an update on the real situation with La Palma;http://www.thedailysheeple.com/strong-quake-and-rapid-inflation-in-the-canary-islands-the-el-hierro-volcano-ready-to-blow_122013
Okay first of all please excuse the dumb website name, and I personally don't like it being implied or suggested to me that I'm some kind of a freak chimera cross between a sheep and a 'peeple', I don't normally go there, and I only link there b/c of the La Palma volcanic article about renewed concerns and warnings of its eventual collapse.
Secondly, the reason I'm posting is the article's thrust, which is that Isla de La Palma in the Canary Islands is mentioned in a secondary link here;http://www.es.ucsc.edu/~ward/papers/La_Palma_grl.pdf
as being in danger of a sympathetic collapse, if the new volcanic island at the souther tip of adjacent El Hierro island just a few miles to the south decides to throw a conniption fit.
I've seen any number of 'terrorists steal nuke' stories and pc games, and admired a few of them myself, but that's just not where I was at mentally when I decided on the plot device of 'Yamato-Class IJN Kii' making attempt to shake up La Palma.
I just wanted to point out with this post that the danger of La Palma collapsing and wiping out the Eastern Seaboard of America is -to make a long story short- very real, and that's the foundation of my IJN Kii BB yarn.
Some may argue, "Well, you know, that island is 26 miles across north to south, and you can't honestly expect anyone to actually believe that a puny 800 foot BB is going to do anything to a lump of rock that big and inert."
Well, actually, it's not 'inert'. It's an unstable mass a mile above sea level with the second or third steepest slope of any island in the Atlantic and composed of a shaky mix of trapped water and older volcanic eruption accretion layers.
That makes for an unstable island in imminent danger of collapse all by itself without any help from artificial means whatsover.
I don't think the locals would be terribly impressed with such an argument that it's all 'inert mass' if they suddenly saw 18.1-inch shells from a Yamato-class bombardment raining down on their tidepools in an attempt to trigger a catastrophic collapse.
I mean, apart from the ecological concerns, they would probably voice an opinion that you shouldn't go doing something like that, because of the reports of what's going to spontaneously happen someday anyway all by itself, and possibly one day soon with the harmonic input tremors from nearby El Hierro's active baby volcano.
As the old expression goes; 'it only takes one infant volcano to ruin your whole day'.
All of which simply serves to illustrate what I wanted to point out in this post, that far from being a lame plot, the idea of triggering a collapse of La Palma's western slopes is based on the very real living nightmares of increasing numbers of geologists, military strategists, and politicians, not to mention a few east coast Americans and La Palma denizens that someday it's going to happen for real.
And if you learned of a bunch of Japanese sailors shaking things up over there with 18.1-inch monster artillery shells, and if you were anywheres near an east coast US beach at the time, I doubt you'd just go back to what you were doing; you'd probably want to find some flimsy excuse for taking a nice pointless day trip a minimum of 20 to 40 miles inland.
Sweet dreams everyone.