A volcano does not only produce fire and red-hot larva. It can also produce ash, and lots of it.
This volcano in Kyushu is producing tons and tons of ash. There are many small particles, but there are also small stones which have enough force to cause very serious injury. The ash is covering nearby villages and towns, and destroying crops.
The dodo is extinct and nothing is going to bring it back. But the original drawings are now thought to be slightly inaccurate, and it is even thought that the artist never saw a dodo, and instead drew the picture based on hearsay.
Recently scientists and illustrators worked together to make a picture that they believe more accurately shows us what this strange bird really looked like.
It was good to see the back of 2010, but it was even better to see the back of this Okapi.
By the way the Okapi is a relation of the giraffe, and is found in central Africa, mostly in the Congo region. It is a rare animal. This particular one is in Zoorasia in Yokohama, Japan, with four others, and is part of a breeding program.