Now here's a crazy idea: Instead of attacking Japan's cities, why not bomb its volcanoes? Harold O. Whitnall, Professor of Geology and Geography at Colgate University, was convinced that Japan's vulnerability to natural disasters (eep)
could work to the Allies' advantage. According to his calculations, a strategically-aimed bombing raid on Japan's volcanoes could initiate en eruption by dislodging the hardened lava blocking molten reservoirs. If that weren't terrifying enough, Whitnall also suggested that the eruptions would induce powerful earthquakes throughout the region. Naturally, other scientists were skeptical of Whitnall's proposal, so he in turn accused them of being too conservative.
"There is no reason why these superbombs shouldn't be tried on Japanese volcanoes," he said. "The targets are many, and the openings are wide."
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