Pressure Mounts Inside Mount Fuji: Could it Blow?Why experts believe Japan's iconic volcano could soon erupt
Volcanologists are speculating that Japan's Mount Fuji is poised to blow. The iconic volcano, which at 12,388 feet tall is the highest mountain in Japan, last erupted in 1707, killing more than 20,000 people. New readings taken by the National Research Institute for Earth Science and Disaster Prevention show that pressure inside the volcano's magma chamber is nearly 16 times greater than needed to trigger an eruption -- which could mean disaster.
According to Wired UK, experts believe an eruption is overdue:
An eruption could cost the country over $31 billion and endanger more than 400,000 people. In preparation, disaster prevention experts have begun drafting an evacuation plan for the Kanagawa, Yamanashi and Shizuoka regions that will be tested by 2014.
In May 2012 a professor from Ryukyu University warned that a massive eruption within three years would be likely because of several major factors: steam and gases are being emitted from the crater, water eruptions are occurring nearby, massive holes emitting hot natural gases are appearing in the vicinity and finally, the warning sign that pushed the professor to make the announcement, a 34km (21mile)-long fault was found underneath the volcano. The fault, experts suggested, could indicate a total collapse of the mountainside if there is another significant shift, and it would probably cause a collapse in the event of an eruption, leading to huge mud and landslides.
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