Aso Volcano, Japan

This is a repost from my other blog, first published on August 11, 2013. Since then, Aso has had some remarkable eruptions: check out the Global Volcanism Program link below for more details and images.

NASA Earth Observatory
Click to enlarge. Yes, some volcanoes are occupied. See the Naka-dake volcanic cone in the middle of the large caldera, sitting there just like Wizard Island sits in the Crater Lake caldera? Only this caldera isn’t full of water. The people of Aso – not supervillains – have built a city in the caldera, around Naka-dake. (Source: NASA Earth Observatory)

Information: Global Volcanism Program (Smithsonian). Volcano World. (Oregon State)

Monitoring (note: only the Japanese-language website seems to be working right now). See also the Japan Meteorological Agency – despite the name, they watch for all natural hazards in Japan. Currently JMA has no warnings posted for Naka-dake, which does have frequent, small-scale eruptions and is quite a tourist draw.

Webcam (in Japanese, but real-time images).

Featured image: ka.sha (busy & OFF). CC BY 2.0

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