Ontake-san volcano news & activity updates:
Thu, 18 Dec 2014, 16:02White steam plumes were observed during the past week. JMA reports seismic activity remained low, but maintains alert level 3, as sudden phreatic explosions could occur again.
Fri, 14 Nov 2014, 07:48
JMA reported that cloud cover often prevented visual observations of Ontakesan during 5-11 November; white plumes rose 200-300 m above the crater rim and drifted NE, E, and SE. Read more...
Fri, 7 Nov 2014, 13:16White plumes rose 100-300 m above the crater rim and drifted NE and SE during 29-30 October and 4 November. The Alert Level remained at 3 (on a scale of 1-5). Read more...
Fri, 24 Oct 2014, 14:59
The volcano continues to produce white steam plumes rising a few 100 m above the crater. According to press articles, 7 people are still missing from the 27 Sep eruption, but search and rescue operations are being suspended until springtime because of the winterly conditions. The Alert Level remained at 3 (on a scale of 1-5).
Sat, 4 Oct 2014, 21:52The volcano continues to emit plumes of steam and possibly some ash Tokyo VAAC reports. Read more...
Wed, 1 Oct 2014, 15:21
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. Read more... read all
Sun, 28 Sep 2014, 06:52
In a screen grab from a YouTube video, hikers flee from Ontake on Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, in Japan.
Sat, 27 Sep 2014, 20:59
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