Does lack of snow indicate Mount Fuji’s about to blow?

Posted on January 18, 2006 

Does lack of snow indicate Mount Fuji’s about to blow?

Watch out, Mount Fuji, one of Japan’s most endearing symbols, looks like it’s about to blow its top, according to Shukan Post.

Perhaps the biggest indication that Fuji-san’s lid is loose comes because it’s currently bereft of snow on its distinctive cap despite it being mid-winter and unprecedented snowfalls being dumped on the Sea of Japan coastline.

“It’s my personal belief that magma build-up inside Mount Fuji has already reached a critical stage,” Prof. Masaaki Kimura, a seismology professor at the University of the Ryukyus tells Shukan Post. “Mount Fuji erupts about once every 300 years. And it’s been about 300 years since Mount Fuji’s last eruption. Volcanoes go in periods where they’re active for about 300 to 400 years and then dormant for 300 to 400 years. But, it’s a matter of simple arithmetic that Mount Fuji is due to erupt pretty soon.”

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