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Ontake-san (Japan) erupted on 27.9.2014

When I logged on the net this morning I found Ontakesan erupted in Japan in Austrian news.They had gotten the name not completely right cause it is Ontake-san. San meaning mountain in Japanese and it is also a title of respect. The name translates as “Honoured Peak” and Ontake is used for some more other mountains…

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Mount Fuji (Fujisan)

Mount Fuji  (Fujisan) Mount Fuji, an iconic stratovolocano and Japan’s highest mountain 3,776.24 m (12,389 ft), is 100 km south west of Tokyo (and is also one of the few volcanoes I have actually visited -but not climbed!).  She is a cultural heritage site.  According to UNESCO and Wikipedia, “Mount Fuji has “inspired artists and…

Picture dated 20/11/2013 / Japanese Coast Guard

A summary about Nishino Shima.

Prior to November 2013 , I think I can safely say that nearly no one knew about this particular island located in the Pacific ocean, about 1000 km south of Tokyo, the nearest islands are part of the Bonin group. To give an idea of the remoteness of the place, it takes about 26 h…

Ikeda caldera. Photo by kazukariya (Panoramio).

Southern Japan Calderas

The 5 Sisters of Kyushu As someone who is interested in volcanology, I’ll admit that I find large eruptions and large calderas way more interesting than effusive or smaller eruptions. Regardless of size, there is a lot more intrigue with large eruptions as they’re simply more of a mystery than small eruptions. Much of the…

Photograph by Farm, Wikimedia Commons.
Baekdu Caldera during the winter.

The volcano that was not and Weekend NtV Riddle

The last few days Baekdu volcano and the Baekdudaegan mountain range crept up as a topic in the comment field. It is nothing unusual with that, after all Baekdu has had one of the largest eruptions in the last one thousand years. Some commenter’s also noted that it was inordinately hard to find any information…