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Updated: 19 September, 2018.

Important Update: At 1:00 pm on Saturday September 15 the Volcanic Warning for Azumayama was raised to Level 2. This means that the Bandai-Azuma Skyline including Jododaira and Mt. Azuma-Kofuji are currently inaccessible to visitors. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Please check our homepage and Facebook for further updates.

 

The following is a press release from Japan Meteorological Agency (Sendai Branch).

 

** ( Headline ) **

<Azumayama Crater Area Warning (Volcanic Warning Level 2, Crater Area Restricted Access) Press Release>

Possibility of small-scale eruption. 1.5 km radius restricted area around the main crater.

<Volcanic Warning raised from Level 1 (Possibility of increased activity) to Level 2 (Do not approach the crater)>

 

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  1. Continued monitoring of Volcanic Activity

Volcanic activity was recorded at 9:13 am on September 15, 2018 around Azumayama.

The Azuma-Kofuji Eastern Measurement Station (located 2 km east-south-east of the main crater) recorded a peak amplitude of 6.7 micrometers/second over a continuous period of 4 minutes 40 seconds.

The Jododaira Measurement Station (located 1 km east-south-east) recorded a continuous angular change in a west-north-west direction (in the direction of the main crater).

There is a possibility of a small-scale eruption around Azumayama.

Please be advised that there is a possibility of volcanic materials being ejected within 1.5 km of the main crater.

 

  1. Affected Municipalities

The following municipalities have been affected by the entry restrictions in place around the crater:

Fukushima Prefecture: Fukushima City, Inawashiro.

 

  1. Additional Warnings

If you are in the area, please be aware that the trajectory of large rocks ejected from the crater may land within the 1.5 km radius around the main crater.

Please do not enter into dangerous areas, and follow all directions given by Japanese Special Defense Force members.

Be alert for volcanic ash and gases, as well as small projectiles that may be carried down wind from the main crater.

<Volcanic Warning raised from Level 1 (Possibility of increased activity) to Level 2 (Do not approach the crater)>

 

1:00 pm 15 September 2018 Japan Meteorological Agency (Sendai Branch) (PDF)

** ( End of Press Release ) **

 

Additional Information:

Current information about Azumayama (Japanese):

http://www.data.jma.go.jp/svd/vois/data/tokyo/STOCK/activity_info/213.html

About Volcanic Warning Levels (English):

http://www.data.jma.go.jp/svd/vois/data/tokyo/STOCK/kaisetsu/English/level.html

 

The following is a press release from Fukushima City:

Fukushima City Onsen Safety (PDF)

Azuamyama (20180919) (英語)

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