VIDEOS. Japan: spectacular images of the awakening of Mount Aso, one of the most active volcanoes in the country

the essential The authorities warned residents and tourists not to approach the volcano, as hot gases and ash escaped and stones rolled down its green slopes.

Mount Aso, one of Japan’s most active volcanoes, erupted on Wednesday 20 October, throwing ash at 3500 meters above sea level and making hikers move away in haste from this tourist site in the southwest of the Japanese archipelago.

No injuries were immediately reported after the eruption in the late morning of this volcano culminating at 1592 m, which blew up rocks following a spectacular explosion filmed by CCTV cameras.

Authorities have warned locals and tourists not to approach the volcano, as hot gases and ashes rise and stones roll down its green slopes. In particular, they were checking whether hikers might have been trapped, local officials told Japanese media, while images showed dozens of vehicles and tourist coaches parked in the parking lot of a nearby museum with unobstructed views of the city. the volcano.

Torrents of pale gray ash flowed from Mount Aso towards the museum, but did not reach the site. For those nearby, “be careful with large boulders and flows of pyroclastic material,” Tomoaki Ozaki, an official with the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA), told a televised press conference. “Caution is called for, even in remote areas, because the wind can carry not only ash but also stones,” added Mr. Ozaki, also warning of possible toxic gases.

The last time the JMA set the same alert level as Wednesday’s for Mount Aso – 3 on a scale of 5 – was 2016. The Japanese archipelago is located on the Pacific “ring of fire”, which records a large number of earthquakes on the planet.

Located on the island of Kyushu, Mount Aso is one of the hundreds of volcanoes under close surveillance that are active in Japan, including Mount Fuji, about a hundred kilometers from Tokyo. The Japanese Meteorological Agency had warned in recent days against an increase in volcanic activity in the region of Mount Aso.

In September 2014, Japan suffered its deadliest eruption in nearly 90 years when Mount Ontake (Center) abruptly entered in activity, surprising hundreds of hikers and killing 63 people.

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