Ontake-san volcano news & activity updates:
Ontake-san volcano (Honshu, Japan) activity update
Saturday Oct 04, 2014 21:52 PM | AUTEUR : T
The volcano continues to emit plumes of steam and possibly some ash Tokyo VAAC reports.
In the meanwhile, search and rescue operations continue on the volcano. The death toll from last week's sudden explosion has risen to 51 fatalities. Most of them were attributed to head trauma (killed by impact of ballistic projectiles in the summit region of the volcano).
Wednesday, Oct 01, 2014
The death toll from Saturday's powerful, and deadly explosion of the volcano has now climbed to 48, press reports. The eruption was a sudden, unexpected (and unpredictable) phreatic explosion, i.e. caused by sudden evaporation of overheated water in the hydrothermal system of the volcano. ... [details]
Sunday, Sep 28, 2014
Yesterday's eruption might have caused more than 30 fatalities, Japanese press reports. Most of them were apparently killed by heart and respiratory failure after inhaling ash when caught in the outer areas of a pyroclastic flow or ash cloud descending the mountain. ... [details]
Saturday, Sep 27, 2014
A large explosive eruption occurred at Japan's second highest volcano today at 11:56 local time. An explosion produced an ash plume that rose approx. 4 km and a large pyroclastic flow that swept down the southwestern flank. ... [details]