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Mount Fuji may be erupting soon

8:00 PM on 09.09.2012

Hiroko Yamamura


uh oh

Anyone who has been planning to visit glorious Japan, but has been putting it off may want to speed up their schedule. According to experts, Mount Fuji may be close to erupting. So...not... cool...

MSN says

Japanese scientists are warning that the country's famed Mount Fuji could be on the verge of a catastrophic eruption. Volcanologists have discovered that the pressure in the volcano's magma chamber is higher than it was the last time Fuji erupted in 1707. The pressure is measured in megapascals, and researchers say recent readings show the chamber hitting a level of 1.6; pressure readings of 0.1 megapascals are enough to trigger an eruption. Scientists say the March 2011 earthquake that caused a massive tsunami has been one factor in putting increased pressure on the chamber. Government estimates say an eruption could result in more than 300,000 deaths as well as cause up to $30 billion in damage.

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