What an amazing first day, kicked off by an excellent talk by Barry Voight and representation in 2D and 3D of the 1980 Mt. St. Helens eruption. Followed by interesting talks on numerical and lab (well a quarry!) experiments by Ed Llewellin and a further high-speed imagery look at slug dynamics prior and during burst by Jacopo Taddeucci. To finish off the scientific session for the day, philosophical thoughts on simplicity in modelling and interesting overviews of Campi Flegrei (Italy) and White Island (New Zealand).
Then, courtesy of IAVCEI two free boat tickets to get to Sakura-jima for the festival. Incredibly good fun, sitting on the grass watching some large drums played by somewhat smaller drummers and local dancing, whilst eating some amazing food (I wasn't brave enough to try fried Octopus). A great firework display which seemed to last for more than 30 minutes, with a superb sequence to finish with fireworks exploding above a firework volcano! My attempt at phone photography on the right, the town hall below and Sakurajima also below - a little bit hazy, and no explosion this time...I managed to see an aftermath of an explosion yesterday (drifting ashy plume), fingers crossed for a complete look at one. Oh and another experience, bouncing cars...I have certainly never seen that one before!
For me this is my first big conference and what an excellent experience it has been so far. Everyone is very friendly and it is great to meet amazing new people, listen to others work and of course talk about my own (poster tomorrow by the way session 3J)! Anyway must get to sleep, early start tomorrow.