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The ground level in the Owakudani hot-spring area of Mount Hakone has risen by up to 12 cm since mid-April, days before volcanic activity intensified in the popular tourist spot, according to a geographical survey institute.

The alert level for Mount Hakone, some 80 km southwest of Tokyo, has been raised to 2, which advises against entry to areas around the volcanic vent. Alert level 1 means the situation is “normal.”

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