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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Volcanic Warning Raised For Hakone

Above, a view from a Hakone skyway. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

A warning has been raised for the popular resort area of Hakone, Japan as volcanic activity has increased.

Hakone is known to Godzilla fans as the site of the battle between Godzilla and Baragon in the 2001 feature, Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack.

According to Channel NewsAsia:
TOKYO: Japan's meteorological agency on Wednesday (May 6) raised a volcanic warning for the popular hot springs resort of Hakone by one notch, forbidding access to a hiking trail. 
The warning upgrade, which bans entry to areas around the Owakudani volcanic vent, came after seismologists detected minor but more frequent volcanic tremors at the popular tourist site, around 80km southwest of Tokyo, an official said. 
"We raised the warning to level two after detecting the tremors getting relatively bigger and hitting deeper points," he said. On Tuesday, three perceivable quakes occurred in the areas, measuring magnitude 2.0 and 2.6, he said.
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