I spent most of the morning reading, thinking and communicating about the disappearance of and ongoing search for the poet Craig Arnold. Craig and I had an energizing long chat a couple weeks ago about poetry, research volcanic and otherwise, and his travels in Japan. He was in Fukuoka that day, getting over what sounded like food poisoning. We made plans to meet in Kobe in June. As Craig had kindly given me plenty of detailed, helpful advice, and I was looking forward to chatting with him again soon, I kept his window open. At 10:18 am (before I'd read the announcement that he had gone missing) Craig's chat lamp came on green ("Craig is online."). At 10:19 am, the lamp went red again ("Craig is offline."). I called a few people in Japan and the US to let them know about this and see if I could help in any way. When I explained what happened with the green light, Mr. Kawahigashi (the local town officer) perked up. He suggested that even though reception on the island is bad, one could pick up an intermittent signal higher up on the volcano.
I'm glad to see they have extended the search and hope they find Craig soon and safe.