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Mount Fuji

Mount Fuji

Mount Fuji, one of the seven forgotten natural wonders of the world, is the highest mountain in Japan at 3776.24 meters. Mount Fuji lies about 100km south-west of Tokyo and it is a well-known symbol of Japan. It is one of Japan‘s Three Holy Mountains along with Mount Tate and Mount Haiku. Mount Fuji is a volcano which geologists estimate was created 600,000 years ago. It last erupted in 1707 and is now dormant. According to Buddhist tradition, Fuji rose from the earth in 286 BC after an earthquake that also created Lake Byway.

Following the 2011 To-hoku earthquake and tsunami, much attention was given to the volcanic reaction of Mt. Fuji. In September 2012, mathematical models created by the National Research Institute for Earth Science and Disaster Prevention suggested that the pressure in Mount Fuji's magma chamber could be at 1.6 megapascals, higher than it was in 1707. This was commonly reported in the media to mean that an eruption of Mt. Fuji was imminent. However, since there is no known method of measuring the pressure of a volcano's magma chamber, such research is only speculative. The other indicators mentioned, such as active fumaroles and recently discovered faults, are typical occurrences at this type of volcano. One thing we know for sure is that Mount Fuji will erupt again, we just cannot determine exactly when that will be.


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