Sakurajima erupts in miles-high plume of ash

National Nov 8, 2019

Sakurajima erupts in miles-high plume of ash

Mount Sakurajima shot smoke and ash miles into the sky Friday in its biggest eruption in more than three years, the Meteorological Agency said. The plume erupted from the volcano's Minamidake crater at 5:24 p.m., sending smoke and debris 5.5 km (3.4 miles) into the ...

Kyushu's Shinmoedake volcano erupts for first time in six years

National Oct 11, 2017

Kyushu's Shinmoedake volcano erupts for first time in six years

Mount Shinmoe in the Kirishima mountain range bordering Kagoshima and Miyazaki prefectures erupted early Wednesday, marking its first such activity in about six years. The Meteorological Agency raised the warning level for a volcanic eruption to Level 3, restricting entry to the mountain. It warned ...

Indonesia rescuers help climbers evacuate off erupting volcano

Asia Pacific Sep 29, 2016

Indonesia rescuers help climbers evacuate off erupting volcano

Indonesians rescuers have been evacuating 120 climbers, including 112 foreigners, from a volcano that erupted near the resort island of Bali, a government official said Wednesday. Late on Tuesday, the National Disaster Mitigation Agency said that at least 389 climbers, including 333 foreigners, might have ...

Mount Sakurajima alert level lowered as volcanic activity diminishes

National Nov 25, 2015

Mount Sakurajima alert level lowered as volcanic activity diminishes

The Meteorological Agency on Wednesday downgraded its warning level for Kagoshima Prefecture’s Mount Sakurajima, citing diminished volcanic activity. With no major eruptions observed since Sept. 17, the agency lowered the alert level for the 1,117-meter volcano in Kagoshima Prefecture on the 5-point scale from 3, ...

Eruption warning for Mount Hakone lifted

National Nov 20, 2015

Eruption warning for Mount Hakone lifted

The Meteorological Agency on Friday lifted its volcanic activity warning for Mount Hakone after deeming the eruption risk back to normal after a small one disrupted the popular hot spring resort area in July. Since the number of volcanic earthquakes remains low, the weather agency ...

Volcanic alert raised for Mount Meakandake in Hokkaido

National Jul 28, 2015

Volcanic alert raised for Mount Meakandake in Hokkaido

The Meteorological Agency has raised the volcanic alert for Mount Meakandake in Hokkaido, saying a small eruption is possible. The five-point threat level for the 1,499-meter mountain in Akan National Park in eastern Hokkaido was raised on Tuesday from 1, "be mindful that the volcano ...

Editorials Apr 23, 2015

Defense against volcanic eruptions

To ensure the effectiveness of its plans to beef up the measures against volcanic eruptions, the government needs to quickly launch efforts to increase the number of people with expertise in this field

Mount Aso spews first magma in over two decades

National Nov 28, 2014

Mount Aso spews first magma in over two decades

Mount Aso in Kumamoto Prefecture is experiencing its first magmatic eruption in 21 years, the Metrological Agency's regional headquarters in Fukuoka announced Thursday. The nation's largest active volcano has been spewing ash since Tuesday. The last magmatic eruption was recorded in February 1993. The agency said ...