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 ...

Mount Sakurajima has first major eruption in nine months

National Apr 28, 2017

Mount Sakurajima has first major eruption in nine months

Mount Sakurajima had its first major eruption in nine months on Friday, sending a plume of ash high over Kagoshima Prefecture, the Meteorological Agency said. The eruption began in the 1,117-meter volcano's Showa crater at 11:01 a.m., ejecting smoke and debris about 3.2 km into ...

Families of Mount Ontake eruption victims to sue government

National Jan 17, 2017

Families of Mount Ontake eruption victims to sue government

A group of relatives of victims who died or went missing in the 2014 eruption of Mount Ontake plans to sue the central and prefectural governments for failing to alert hikers properly, the families said Tuesday. The families of five victims will demand ¥150 million ...

Volcanic alert level for Mount Aso is lowered

National 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 ...

Mourners mark two years since deadly Mount Ontake eruption

National Sep 27, 2016

Mourners mark two years since deadly Mount Ontake eruption

Victims' relatives and local officials gathered Tuesday to mark the second anniversary of the eruption of Mount Ontake, which claimed 58 lives and left five people unaccounted in the nation's deadliest postwar volcanic disaster. A moment of silence was observed during a ceremony in the ...

Volcano warning issued for Mount Io in Kyushu

National Feb 29, 2016

Volcano warning issued for Mount Io in Kyushu

After observing an increase in the number of volcanic earthquakes, the Meteorological Agency has warned of a possible small eruption at Mount Io, which straddles the prefectures of Miyazaki and Kagoshima. The local government in Ebino on Sunday declared a 1-km-radius no-entry zone around the ...

National 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

National 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 ...