Volcano Calendar 2018: We're proud to present our 2018 volcano calendar: 13 different and attractive images of volcanoes, volcanic landscapes and phenomena taken during volcano tours over the past few years.
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On-take, or correctly Ontake-san (御嶽山), is a massive stratovolcano and the second highest in Japan. It is located at the southern end of the Northern Japan Alps.
Its first historic eruption occurred in 1979. A landslide in 1984 was not related to an eruption and produced a debris avalanche and lahar running down valleys south and east of the volcano.
On-take volcano is one of the holy mountains of Japan and the destination for religious pilgrimage since 1792.
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).
The volcano continues to emit plumes of steam and possibly some ash Tokyo VAAC reports. ...more
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). [less]
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. ...more
It took more than 250 climbers on the mountain, a popular hiking destination, and a sacred place for Japan's religious worshipers, by surprise. It is unclear whether this eruption is or not a precursor of a possible magmatic eruption in a near to medium future, i.e. caused by fresh magma coming to the surface. While search and rescue operations continue at high intensity, Japan's monitoring scientists are keeping an eye on possible changes that could indicate such a development. On the other hand, it is entirely possible, that the explosion remains a single event with no magmatic eruption following. [less]
In a screen grab from a YouTube video, hikers flee from Ontake on Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, in Japan.
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. ...more
At least 40 people were severely injured and 250 climbers were initially left stranded on the mountain. AP reported that 7 people were rescued by helicopter. Rescue operations are in full swing on Japan's second highest mountain. [less]
Pyroclastic flow during Ontake volcano's eruption today (Asahi.com)
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. ...more
At least one woman was killed by the eruption and several others, approx. 50 persons, were severely injured. The volcano is a popular hiking destination and at the time of the eruption, about 150-200 people were on the volcano. A temple near the summit area was also strongly affected by the eruption. [less]
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