Results of an analysis by the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) and others released this week, suggest that force generated by a large-scale earthquake could cause internal cracks within Mt Fuji, leading to a major eruption of the recently listed UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site.
Fuji, Japan’s most prominent peak, last blew its top in 1707. The AIST research team believes the current state of the still active volcano is very similar to the condition it was in just prior to this last eruption. With more than 300 hundred years’ worth of magma continuing to accumulate, the team is calling for vigilance.
Citing the existence of numerous subterranean channels where magna has flowed beneath Mt Fuji, researchers say a violent eruption could occur if an earthquake allowed magma and gases trapped under the volcano to escape.
Source: 47 News
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