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Friday, March 25, 2016

Mount Fuji Evacuation Route Maps Released

Above, a shinkansen view of Mount Fuji. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

With the eruptions of different peaks in Japan in recent years in mind, evacuation route maps for Mount Fuji have been released for climbers.

The Asahi Shimbun reported:
SHIZUOKA--Although Mount Fuji has not erupted in 300 years, the sudden eruption of Mount Ontakesan in 2014 has prompted the Shizuoka prefectural government to release maps of evacuation routes for climbers of the World Heritage site. 
Based on past eruptions of Mount Fuji, the “Evacuation route maps” assume six eruption patterns and shows evacuation routes for each. 
The prefectural government plans to make the maps widely available among climbers, who are allowed on Mount Fuji from July to September, through its website and other means. 
The last major eruption of the 3,776-meter peak, which straddles Shizuoka and Yamanashi prefectures in central Japan, occurred in 1707.
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