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 ...

Jul 1, 2015

Mount Ontake reopens to climbers nine months after deadly eruption

A ceremony to mark the opening to climbers of Mount Ontake in central Japan was held here on Wednesday, with some 150 participants offering silent prayers for the victims of the volcano’s deadly eruption last September. “With the resumption of search operations, I sincerely ...

Jun 21, 2015

Philippines takes precautions as volcano turns lively

The Philippines has stockpiled food supplies in case of evacuations after a volcano emitted ash and smoke six times in recent weeks, officials said Sunday. In addition to the emergency food packs, authorities are closely watching communities near Bulusan volcano 390 kilometers (243 miles) ...

Jun 19, 2015

Mount Shindake erupts for second consecutive day off Kagoshima

Mount Shindake erupted Friday for the second day in a row, the Meteorological Agency said. The volcano on Kuchinoerabu Island in Kagoshima Prefecture ejected a plume of smoke about 200 meters above the vent at around 9:43 a.m., the agency said. The island was ...

Jun 5, 2015

Volcanic steam bursts said to be weakening on Mount Hakone

Steam bursts at the hot spring district of Mount Hakone were described as weaker by the Meteorological Agency on Thursday, the first report of a decline in activity since the volcanic alert for the mountain was raised early last month. But the agency noted ...

Hakone issues wider map to ease eruption zone fears

May 8, 2015

Hakone issues wider map to ease eruption zone fears

To limit damage to tourism from Mount Hakone’s surge in volcanic activity, the town of Hakone, Kanagawa Prefecture, has posted a new “eruption alert level map” on its website to show that only a small part of the popular hot springs resort is off-limits. ...