At least 25 injured after Gunma’s Mount Kusatsu-Shirane erupts – Avalanche and volcano hit Japan ski resort | VolcanoJanuary 23, 2018 5:17 am Categorised in: World Headlines
At least 25 injured after Gunma’s Mount Kusatsu-Shirane erupts, Mount Kusatsu-Shirane | Japan – Kusatsu, Japan One person is missing after an avalanche at a Japanese ski resort which may have been triggered by a nearby volcanic eruption.
A Warning of possible falling rocks within a 2-km radius of the mountain due to volcanic activity and raised the volcanic warning level from 1 to 3 on a scale of 5. Level 3 restrictions are in place and prohibits visitors from entering the mountain and areas where it is deemed dangerous. It also urges the elderly, children and others in need of aid during evacuations to begin preparations to leave the area.
Japanese media have broadcast footage showing rocks flying through the air. According to state broadcaster NHK, some of the volcanic debris fell more than 1km (0.6 miles) from the mountain.
Authorities say the Kusatsu-Shirane volcano erupted at the same time, but it is not yet clear whether the avalanche was triggered by that. “Based on various measurements, we can say that the mountain appears to have erupted, but we are still trying to confirm facts on the ground,” Japans Meteorological Agency said, according to Reuters. The agency also warned people not climb the mountain.,One person is missing after an avalanche at a Japanese ski resort which may have been triggered by a nearby volcanic eruption., Volcano, Japan, Mount Kusatsu-Shirane
The Fire and Disaster Management Agency warned that rocks could be raining down as far as 2km from the peak, Reuters said. Six members of the military, who were conducting an exercise in the area, were among those rescued from the avalanche. Four people who were riding a gondola at the resort at the time were among the injured.
Japan is one of the world’s most seismically active nations – in September 2014, 63 people were killed in a sudden eruption of Mount Ontake.