Just over a week ago, word came out that an ancient (dormant) volcano near Tokyo was “gushing steam”. Today (May 14, 2015) South Japan’s Mount Hakone is now officially showing shallow signs of a coming eruption.
An eruption after 800 years of silence.
Mount Hakone is a long dormant volcano which has not erupted since the MIDDLE AGES (12th + 13th century A.D.). This dormant volcano is currently a hot springs resort — the hot springs have been closed to public access, and warnings have been issued for no hiking in the area due to the threat of near term eruption.
No doubt, this is something to make note of.
This video is the only video we currently have of the area showing activity:
Live webcam of the location here:
Newest report May 14, 2015:
Volcanic activity continues at Mt. Hakone
“Volcanic activity continues at Mount Hakone in Kanagawa Prefecture, a hot spring resort area southwest of Tokyo.
Meteorological Agency officials are advising people to stay away from the area in the Owakudani valley due to the possibility of small-scale eruptions.
The officials say the number of minor volcanic earthquakes occurring at shallow depths has been increasing since late last month. They say a large volume of steam is continuing to spew from a hot spring source in Owakudani.
Researchers in Kanagawa Prefecture say more than 100 minor quakes were observed as of 11 AM on Thursday.
Swelling crustal movements, centering on Owakudani valley, have been observed since late April.
Five workers were allowed on Thursday to conduct maintenance work at a facility of the hot spring source in Owakudani for the first time in 6 days. They wore protective suits and gear.
The facility’s operator says the 2-hour maintenance work was limited to clearing clogs in the piping outside the facility, since most of the 10 operating wells are inside the no-entry zone.”