Skip to comments.Scientist warns of Fuji eruption chaos
Posted on 10/14/2012 2:22:15 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
Professor Toshitsugu Fujii, the head of Japan's volcanic eruption prediction panel, says an eruption could cause chaos and carnage all the way to Tokyo.
"Mount Fuji has been resting for 300 years now, and this is abnormal," he told Saturday AM.
"It usually erupts in some form every 30 years.
"So the next eruption could be a big-scale explosive eruption."
Ever since last year's massive 9.0-magnitude earthquake off Japan's north-east, the country's meteorological agency has been keeping a closer eye on Mount Fuji.
Of even greater concern to the agency was a magnitude-6.2 quake right under the volcano a few days after the big one.
"It's known that when a large earthquake happens, it can trigger a nearby volcano to erupt," Professor Fujii said.
"That's what happened 300 years ago, when Fuji erupted just 40 days after a big quake."
If there is a large eruption, the government fears it could cause more than $30 billion in damage to public health and agriculture.
Ash accumulations in some areas could be as high as 60 centimetres.
Even Tokyo, 100 kilometres to the north-east, could be coated in volcanic ash.
"Volcanic rocks will fall near the mountain," Professor Fujii said.
"Tokyo will be covered in a few centimetres of ash. Yokohama will be under 10 centimetres.
"Trains will stop, planes won't fly and crops will fail.
"Millions will be affected."
...But for now Fuji remains a sleeping giant, and everyone living in the shadow of the national symbol is hoping the volcano's slumber will long continue.
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A weakened Japan will make it a more alluring ripe fruit to it’s historical enemy.
Currently there are a series of Quakes, starting in Japan, but moving away in a North Easterly direction.
So Fujii says Fuji is going to erupt?
I say foowey to Fujii about Fuji!
Too many i’s around here. And China is going to invade and take over?
Those gay metrosexual Japanese boys may not like that!/S
It would be difficult for me to say, “Toshitsugu” to him without laughing. Say it fast three times!
I’m glad we nujed them.
But now it is time for them to have the Bomb.
The US nuclear umbrella is good enough for Japan right now. No use having another finger on the button.
I once had a chaotic Fuji eruption. Of course I was 15 at the time.