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Mount Fuji Rocked to Critical State by 2011 Temblor July 25, 2014
Mount Fuji
Towering Mount Fuji is posing an increased threat of eruption for millions of Japanese.
The March 2011 temblor that triggered a tsunami disaster in Japan may have also stirred the country’s Mount Fuji to a higher risk of eruption.

Studies by scientists at France’s Institute of Earth Sciences and the Institute of Global Physics in Paris say they and their Japanese colleagues found that Fuji could now produce an eruption that would rival the last in 1707.

Explosions at that time blanketed vast swaths of Japan in ash and caused untold damage at a time when the country was far less populated.

The iconic volcano lies only 60 miles southwest of Tokyo, meaning an eruption today could bring catastrophic damage and cripple much of the nation’s economy.

“Our work does not say that the volcano will start erupting, but it does show that it’s in a critical state,” said lead researcher Florent Brenguier.

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