Hakone closes hiking trails as threat of volcanic eruption grows

Hakone closes hiking trails as threat of volcanic eruption grows
NATIONAL MAY. 05, 2015

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Hakone, Shizuoka

Hakone town officials have closed four hiking trails near Mount Hakone after the Japan Meteorological Agency issued an alert over increased volcanic activity.
Since the end of last month, smoke and steam have been seen rising from near Owakudani, which is popular with hikers and tourists, Fuji TV reported Monday. The meteorological agency said it has recorded more than 140 weak tremors beneath Owakudani since April 26 and issued the warning to residents in surrounding areas due to the heightened risk of sudden explosions.
Hakone town officials said Monday that the hiking trails will remain closed until the threat of danger is no longer present.
– See more at: http://www.japantoday.com/category/national/view/hakone-closes-hiking-trails-as-threat-of-volcanic-eruption-grows#sthash.0njWj3TC.dpuf

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