Aug 23, 2015

Four small eruptions observed at Sakurajima volcano

Four small eruptions were observed at Sakurajima volcano in Kagoshima Prefecture early Sunday, the Meteorological Agency said. But the agency said there is no major change in volcanic activity at the 1,117-meter-high mountain in southern Kyushu. The four eruptions occurred shortly after midnight Saturday, ...

Volcano issues unaddressed in nuclear plant restart

Aug 12, 2015

Volcano issues unaddressed in nuclear plant restart

Japan has seen its first nuclear power reactor restart in more than two years despite persisting safety issues related to volcanic eruptions. The No. 1 reactor at Kyushu Electric Power Co.’s Sendai nuclear power plant in Kagoshima Prefecture came back online on Tuesday. But ...

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) ...