Mt. Ontake erupted on Saturday. Here’s what I had to write about it.
Originally posted on I Read Encyclopedias for Fun:
Such a tranquil-looking mountain isn’t it? Well, Mt. Ontake is Japan’s second tallest volcano, and it erupted on Saturday. There were around 300 people on the mountain at the time, and 31 are suspected to be dead, as there were many at the summit around the caldera during the eruption.
I live around 190 km from the mountain (Tokyo is 200 km from it), which is on the border of Nagano and Gifu prefectures. At 3,067 metres tall, it’s a fairly tall stratovolcano with a somewhat frequent history of eruptions. It’s interesting that it’s often climbed considering how often it does erupt.
Another volcano, at 3,776 metres, is Mt. Fuji. It’s visible from my area, and is the tallest mountain in Japan. It occasionally has earthquakes around it, and in recent years, the lakes around it have been getting a bit warmer. There…
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