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 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 ...

Volcanic alert for Mount Asama raised to Level 2

Jun 12, 2015

Volcanic alert for Mount Asama raised to Level 2

The volcanic alert for Mount Asama has been raised to Level 2 from Level 1, meaning a small eruption might take place along the Gunma-Nagano border, the Meteorological Agency said Thursday. Level 2 calls for restrictions on entering areas around the crater. The no-go ...

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. ...