Aug 19, 2015

Another small eruption observed at Mount Sakurajima

A very small eruption was observed at Mount Sakurajima early Wednesday, the Meteorological Agency said. The eruption at 3:13 a.m. was the first observed at the 1,117-meter volcano overlooking the city of Kagoshima since the alert level was raised last week to 4 on ...

More than 300,000 could be affected if Ecuador's Cotopaxi volcano blows

Aug 18, 2015

More than 300,000 could be affected if Ecuador's Cotopaxi volcano blows

Nearly 325,000 people could be affected by an eruption of Cotopaxi, the volcano looming beyond the Ecuadoran capital of Quito, officials said Monday. The biggest risk is from an eruption melting the 5,900-meter (19,000-foot) mountain’s snowcap and triggering massive melt-water floods and lahar mudflows ...

Volcanic activity slows at Sakurajima but alert remains in force

Aug 17, 2015

Volcanic activity slows at Sakurajima but alert remains in force

Volcanic activity at Mount Sakurajima in Kagoshima Prefecture has quieted down after intensifying Saturday morning, but the Meteorological Agency said Monday it will remain on alert for signs of a major eruption. Tectonic movements indicating swelling of the mountain has also slowed, the agency ...

Meteorological Agency to alert hikers after volcanic eruptions

Aug 4, 2015

Meteorological Agency to alert hikers after volcanic eruptions

The Meteorological Agency has launched a system to immediately inform local residents and hikers of an eruption at any of the country’s 47 monitored volcanoes. Residents and climbers are to receive prompt notice of which volcano has erupted and when. The notification will come ...

Mount Ontake searchers recover body from September eruption

Aug 1, 2015

Mount Ontake searchers recover body from September eruption

A body recovered after search operations on Mount Ontake resumed was identified as that of a 45-year-old man from Kai, Yamanashi Prefecture, the Nagano Prefectural Police said Saturday. The body of Tetsuya Inooka was found Friday on the mountain that straddles the border between ...

Search resumes for victims of eruption on Mount Ontake

Jul 29, 2015

Search resumes for victims of eruption on Mount Ontake

The search resumed Wednesday for six people missing on Mount Ontake following its eruption in September. The hunt was suspended last fall when winter weather set in. After offering silent prayers, search parties headed for the 3,067-meter peak straddling Nagano and Gifu prefectures, where ...

Hakone eruptions worry local, not foreign visitors

Jul 2, 2015

Hakone eruptions worry local, not foreign visitors

While local tourists have been shying away from the Owakudani district after volcanic activity was detected in the popular hot spring resort town of Hakone in Kanagawa Prefecture, foreign tourists seem to be undeterred by the news. It’s likely that their travel plans have ...

Jun 27, 2015

Volcanic alert level for Mount Ontake lowered to 2

The Meteorological Agency has lowered the volcanic alert level for Mount Ontake to 2 from 3 in light of the recent absence of eruptions and a decline in earthquakes at the volcano, which straddles Nagano and Gifu prefectures. The alert system has five levels. ...