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Volcanic alert level for Mount Aso is lowered

Dec 21, 2016

Volcanic alert level for Mount Aso is lowered

The Meteorological Agency has lowered its alert level for Mount Aso in Kumamoto Prefecture, citing diminished volcanic activity following its explosive eruption in October. With no major eruptions observed since then, the Meteorological Agency on Tuesday lowered the alert level for the 1,592-meter peak from ...

Apr 16, 2016

Small eruption seen on Mount Aso after latest quakes

A small eruption occurred at Mount Aso in Kumamoto Prefecture on Saturday around 8:30 a.m. local time following a strong earthquake in the area, with smoke rising about 100 meters (300 feet) high, public broadcaster NHK reported. The Japanese Meteorological Agency kept its alert level ...

Dec 7, 2015

Mount Aso spews smoke after small-scale eruption

A small-scale eruption hit Mount Aso in Kumamoto Prefecture on Monday, the first since Oct. 23, the Meteorological Agency said. The eruption spewed smoke about 700 meters above the No. 1 crater of Mount Nakadake, one of the five peaks that constitute Mount Aso, the ...

As Mount Aso blows its top, tourism industry braces for fallout

Sep 15, 2015

As Mount Aso blows its top, tourism industry braces for fallout

More than 400 people canceled reservations at hotels and inns in Aso, Kumamoto Prefecture, on Tuesday, a day after Mount Aso erupted and turned the sky ashen. Businesses relying on tourism voiced concern about the financial fallout. The Meteorological Agency maintained its alert level at ...

Hot times in the realm of Mount Aso

Dec 21, 2013

Hot times in the realm of Mount Aso

by Mandy Bartok

I used to think that only Mount Fuji was massive enough to have its own weather patterns, but 1,592-meter Mount Aso in Kyushu proved me wrong. The clear skies and perfect late-September temperatures we were reveling in at the base of the hill dissipated quickly ...