|Above, a Shinkansen view of Mount Fuji. Photo by Armand Vaquer.|
The last eruption of Japan's Mount Fuji was during the 18th Century. Since then, the mountain has remained dormant.
That could change at any time and Japan is preparing for such a possible eventuality.
According to the Jiji Press:
Tokyo, June 19 (Jiji Press)--Japan's National Police Agency has started making full-fledged preparations for a possible eruption of Mount Fuji, the tallest peak in the country.
The NPA will purchase dust masks for distribution to local police departments, assuming that volcanic ash may fall in not only areas near Mount Fuji but also the metropolitan region in the event of an eruption, informed sources said.
"We need to make preparations for a potential complex disaster, such as an eruption occurring after a massive earthquake," an expert said.
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