Mt. Hakone volcano alert goes back to lowest level

posted on November 23, 2015

The Japan Meteorological Agency decided on Friday afternoon to lower the volcanic alert for Mt. Hakone from Level 2 on its five-point scale to Level 1, shifting the condition from "Do not approach the crater" to "Be mindful that the volcano is potentially active."

It is the first time in about six months that the alert for Mt. Hakone, on the border of Kanagawa and Shizuoka prefectures, has been reverted back to the lowest level.

However, volcanic gases with an irritating smell are still being detected on some days within the no-entry area around the Owakudani hotspring district. Amid concern over negative health effects, the Hakone municipal government will keep the area off limits for the time being.

source by the-japan-news
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