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Japanese weary of eruption on Mount Fuji
AFAR
10/6/2003

Recently, Mount Fuji was discovered to have depressions on its sides facing Yamanashi Prefecture, from which volcanic steam was emitted. This phenomenon has not been seen for over 50 years, according to the Meteorological Agency. Whether the mountain's depression is a sure sign of an imminent eruption is arguable. Regardless, this phenomenon has manifested, and in the past two years ago, low-frequency earthquakes and a powerful typhoon hit Japan.

Mount Fuji has not erupted for almost 300 years. In 1707, the large eruption known as Hoei hit the nation's capital, Edo. Volcanic ash blanketed the city, turning day into night, and many cities and farmland were damaged. Just before the mountain erupted, a large earthquake and tsunami hit Japan. From this great tragedy, and the recent earthquakes and depressions, many Japanese are weary of a coming eruption.

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