5 Years After Eruption, Climbers Return To Ontake

5 years after eruption, climbers return to Ontake

Friday marks five years since Japan's deadliest postwar volcanic disaster occurred. Mount Ontake in central Japan erupted on September 27, 2014, leaving 58 people dead and five others unaccounted for.

Officials in the village of Otaki in Nagano Prefecture are holding a memorial service to mark the occasion. The village sits at the foot of the mountain.

Minor Eruption At Mt. Asama

Minor eruption at Mt. Asama

A minor eruption has occurred at Mount Asama in central Japan. The mountain straddles Nagano and Gunma prefectures.

The Meteorological Agency says the eruption was observed at around 7:28 p.m. on Sunday. Smoke rose to a height of around 600 meters from the crater.

Continued Caution Urged After Mount Asama Eruption

Continued caution urged after Mount Asama eruption

People are being urged to stay away from Mount Asama in central Japan following a minor eruption at the volcano on Wednesday night.

The eruption occurred shortly after 10 p.m. at the mountain, which straddles Nagano and Gunma prefectures, prompting the Meteorological Agency to raise the volcanic alert level from 1 to 3, on a scale of 5.

Warning Issued For Possible Eruption Of Mt Hakone

Warning issued for possible eruption of Mt Hakone

Japan's Meteorological Agency is warning of a possible volcanic eruption at the hot spring resort of Hakone, near Tokyo.

The agency raised its alert level to two on a scale of five early on Sunday after the number of volcanic earthquakes increased at Mount Hakone the previous day.

Eruption Risk At Unwatched Craters Of 21 Volcanoes

Eruption risk at unwatched craters of 21 volcanoes

Japan's Meteorological Agency says at least 21 volcanoes across the country are at risk of erupting at craters other than those that are being closely monitored.

The agency surveyed volcanoes after Mount Kusatsu-Shirane in Gunma Prefecture north of Tokyo erupted unexpectedly last year on January 23rd. One Self-Defense Force member died and 11 people were injured.

Volcanic Eruption Alert For Kuchinoerabu Island

Volcanic eruption alert for Kuchinoerabu Island

Volcanic activity has been intensifying on Kuchinoerabu Island, Kagoshima Prefecture in southwestern Japan, since early Wednesday.

At 10:30 AM, officials at the Japan Meteorological Agency raised the volcanic alert level from 2 to the second highest level of 4.

Eruption On Remote Island Continues

Eruption on remote island continues

The Japan Coast Guard says the latest volcanic eruption on a remote island in the Pacific Ocean is continuing.

Nishinoshima had a minor eruption, its first since last August, on July 12th. The uninhabited volcanic island is about 1,000 kilometers south of Tokyo.

Plants Growing On Miyakejima Peak For 1st Time Since Eruption

Plants growing on Miyakejima peak for 1st time since eruption

Plants are covering the peak of Mount Oyama on Miyakejima island south of Tokyo for the first time since the volcano erupted in July 2000.

"The amount of volcanic gases has significantly declined since last year, likely allowing plants to grow rapidly around the summit," said Hiroyoshi Higuchi, a professor emeritus of the University of Tokyo, who has been studying the ecosystem of the island each year since the eruption.

Japan Plans An Eruption In Number Of Volcanologists

Japan plans an eruption in number of volcanologistsJapan might lie on the explosive Pacific Ring of Fire but it boasts a pitiful number of volcanologists, so few that they have been described as an "endangered species."
The science ministry and the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) are aiming to address this chronic lack of personnel by dramatically increasing the number of experts as well as those monitoring volcanoes around Japan.

Small-scale Eruption Suspected At Mt. Hakone

Small-scale eruption suspected at Mt. HakoneA small-scale eruption appears to have occurred near Owakudani on Mount Hakone that straddles Kanagawa and Shizuoka prefectures, the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) said on June 30.
The agency raised its volcanic alert level around the mountain from 2 to 3, stiffening restrictions on entry into the area.

Mt. Asama Quiet After Small-scale Eruption

Mt. Asama quiet after small-scale eruptionThere have been no reports of damage or injuries from a small-scale eruption recorded at Mount Asama on the morning of June 16, the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) said.
The weather agency also said the eruption appeared to have stopped, since smoke found rising some 800 meters above the crater at 6 p.m. the same day was a whitish color.