Japanese Volcano May Be Erupting Soon

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  1. Yvonne Smith

    Yvonne Smith Very Well-Known Member
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    Mt. Hakone, which is less than 50 miles away from Tokyo, has been heating up, and releasing steam. The actual ground around the volcano is also rising, and has risen about 4" in just the last few weeks.
    This volcano has been inactive for the last 800 or so years; and the last eruption would have been back in the Middle Ages.
    Volcano experts are saying that the steam and earth movement are likely signs of an impending eruption, and people have been stopped from going into the area.
    Earlier this year, another volcano in Japan erupted unexpectedly; and many hikers along the side of the mountain were killed; so authorities are not taking any chances with this one.
    Since it is so close to Tokyo, it would seem like this is a very dangerous situation for the people living that close to the volcano.
    You can see from this video that it is puffing out a lot of steam, and the trees and vegetation are dead where the steam has been coming out.

     
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    Ugh, given that it's so close to Tokyo, that will most likely turn out ugly. I'm surprised that it hasn't erupted sooner because of all the earthquakes around there. Are volcanoes' activity not related to earthquakes?
     
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    Mt. Hakone has continued to increase its activity over the last month, and now has actually had an eruption for the firt time since the Middle Ages.
    They are already preparing for evacuations; but if thi has a major eruption; it is likely to almost totally devastate Tokyo, since it is so close.
    When Mt.St. helens erupted ,in Western Washington , the ash cloud went clear across the state and into parts of Idaho and Montana. the as was on the ground for several years before it finally worked its way into the earth.
    The floods that the eruption caused affected the area for miles around, not even counting the devastation all around the sides of the volcano.
    If there should be a lava flow from Mt. Hakone, then the situation would be even worse.
    Here is the latest video, showing the eruption.

     
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