Eruption Continues at Mt. Asama
Posted by feww on June 17, 2015
Asama spewing smoke and ash
About 90 tremors were recorded on June 7, and the volcano released an estimated 1,700 tons of sulfur dioxide (20 times more than the amount released last month), said officials.
Japan’s weather agency raised the alert level for the volcano to Level 2 [“Do not approach the crater”] last week.
Ashfall from the eruption was also reported around the mountain as far as 4 km from the volcano, said officials. Aashfall from a September 2004 eruption covered a large area.
Recent Volcanic Activity on the Planet of the Abes
In September, a series of volcanic tremors was followed by a powerful eruption at Mt. Ontake in central Japan, which left at least 57 people dead and 6 others missing.
The country’s worst volcanic disaster in 70 years would have been easily prevented had the authorities not failed to heed the warning signs.
Mt Shindake (Kuchinoerabujima)
A powerful eruption ejected an ash cloud to a height of about 9,000 meters in the air, forcing the authorities to evacuate the 140 or so residents from Kuchinoerabujima island on May 29, 2015.
Latest Warnings for Japan’s Volcanoes [Sourced from Japan’s weather agency]
- Warning Level 5 (Evacuate) Shindake (Kuchinoerabujima), 29 May 2015
- Near-crater warning Level 3 (Do not approach the volcano) Ontake, 31 March 2015
- Near-crater warning Warning in non-residential areas near the crater Nishinoshima, 24 February 2015