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A Volcano Eruption  

As the best candidate, I was appointed to collect and evaluate information for a database about diverse natural disasters, such as hurricanes, typhoons or thunderstorms. Sometimes I did this by giving out questionnaires to those who went through them. But sometimes I had to go through actual disasters myself. The Musaki Volcano was one of them.

At that time, I lived in a bungalow alongside the volcano with a novelist, who came for the appreciation of its eruption. One day, when I was drawing diagrams on the balcony and he was bathing inside, the volcano erupted unexpectedly. The ash and lava fountains shooting highly in the sky varied from 50 to 100 meters in height. It was absolutely fantastic! I even noticed a rainbow appear in the fog caused by a heat wave.

But, glancing through our surroundings, I foresaw the potential danger and found no guarantee of our safety. The uncomfortable gas almost made us unconscious. Sweats of anxiety began to drop. Managing to stop panicking and trembling, we quickly put on our protective suits, helmets and boots and eventually made our way to a safe place. How lucky we were even though my precious equipment and documents were all burnt to the ground!

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火山爆发

作为最好的候选人,我被委派为一个数据库收集和评估各种自然灾害的信息,例如飓风、台风或雷暴等。有时我通过向经历过这些灾害的人分发调查问卷来收集信息,有时却得亲自经历实际的灾害。Musaki火山就是其中之一。

那时,我和一名来欣赏火山爆发的小说家同住在火山边上的一座平房里。有一天,当我正在阳台上画图表而他在屋里洗澡时,火山突然爆发了,喷射到天空中的火山灰和岩浆喷泉从50米到100米不等,这一情景绝对地奇异,我甚至还注意到一条彩虹出现在热浪造成的雾里。

然而,我向四周看了一下,马上预见到了潜在的危险,也发现了我们的安全毫无保障。令人不舒服的气体几乎使我们失去知觉,忧虑的汗水开始流淌下来。我们努力使自己不要惊慌和颤抖,迅速穿上保护套装、头盔和靴子,最后成功前往安全的地方。尽管我珍贵的设备和文件都烧得精光,但是我们真的非常幸运。