Volcanic alert level raised for Mt. Hakone near TokyoChristian Fernsby ▼ |
Asia Mt. Hakone near Tokyo
The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) on Sunday raised its alert level for Mt. Hakone as seismic activity has been increasing in the popular hot-spring resort area near Tokyo.
The agency said it made the decision because the number of volcanic earthquakes increased to 45 on Saturday, compared with zero on the previous day.
The JMA warned that large volcanic rocks could fall around the crater at a valley called Owakudani, about 80 km southwest of Tokyo.
After the alert level was raised, the town of Hakone in Kanagawa Prefecture decided to restrict travel around the crater and close a road leading to the area throughout the day.
The operator of Hakone Ropeway also suspended its service running through Owakudani for Sunday. ■
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