National Sep 2, 2015

Sakurajima alert level lowered as fears of major eruption ease

The Meteorological Agency on Tuesday downgraded its volcanic warning level for Sakurajima, a mountain that looms over the city of Kagoshima, Kagoshima Prefecture. It said the risk of a larger-than-usual eruption has diminished. Citing a reduction in the number of volcanic earthquakes detected, the Meteorological ...

National Aug 19, 2015

Another small eruption observed at Mount Sakurajima

A very small eruption was observed at Mount Sakurajima early Wednesday, the Meteorological Agency said. The eruption at 3:13 a.m. was the first observed at the 1,117-meter volcano overlooking the city of Kagoshima since the alert level was raised last week to 4 on a ...

Meteorological Agency to alert hikers after volcanic eruptions

National Aug 4, 2015

Meteorological Agency to alert hikers after volcanic eruptions

The Meteorological Agency has launched a system to immediately inform local residents and hikers of an eruption at any of the country's 47 monitored volcanoes. Residents and climbers are to receive prompt notice of which volcano has erupted and when. The notification will come via ...

Search resumes for victims of eruption on Mount Ontake

National 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 the ...

Hakone eruptions worry local, not foreign visitors

National 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 already ...

National 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 camera ...