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. ...

Jun 19, 2015

Mount Asama pops again but volcanic alert level stays at 2

Mount Asama was hit by another small eruption Friday, spitting up ash three days after the volcano straddling Nagano and Gunma prefectures came to life earlier in the week, the Meteorological Agency said. The eruption deposited a small amount of ash on a monitoring ...

Jun 18, 2015

Mount Shindake erupts for second time

Mount Shindake rumbled back to life Thursday as a second eruption rocked Kuchinoerabu Island off Kagoshima Prefecture shortly past noon, the Meteorological Agency said. The scale of the volcano’s first eruption in 20 days was smaller than its May 29 blast but apparently took ...

Mount Asama erupts; officials warn of falling rocks

Jun 16, 2015

Mount Asama erupts; officials warn of falling rocks

Mount Asama, historically one of Japan’s most active volcanos, burst into life Tuesday morning for the first time in about six years, with the Meteorological Agency reporting a “very small-scale” eruption while also warning people nearby about falling rocks from further eruptions. “There are ...

Jun 2, 2015

Rainy season in southwestern Japan arouses volcanic mud flow fears

The rainy season has started in southwestern Japan, the Meteorological Agency said Tuesday, arousing concern of volcanic mud flows on Kuchinoerabu Island where Mount Shindake erupted late last week. Friday’s eruption spewed out volcanic ash and pyroclastic flow, forcing all 137 residents to evacuate. ...

Chile's Calbuco volcano erupts again with new cloud of ash

May 1, 2015

Chile's Calbuco volcano erupts again with new cloud of ash

Chilean volcano Calbuco erupted for the third time in eight days on Thursday, sending a new cloud of ash and gas high into the sky, although officials said the latest eruption was less powerful than those of last week. Calbuco spewed more than 200 ...

Mar 19, 2015

In Ontake's wake, Fuji climbers will be advised to don helmets

After more than 60 people died when a volcano erupted without warning last year, climbers tackling Mount Fuji, the nation’s highest peak, will be urged to wear a helmet and goggles, officials said. The dormant 3,776-meter volcano last erupted in 1707 but geologists think ...