Japan quells fears of Mount Fuji erupting after earthquake | WSAU News / Talk 550 AM · 99.9 FM

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese authorities on Friday quashed speculation of a possible volcanic eruption at Mount Fuji, the nation’s highest peak, after a quake 4 .8 on the Richter scale brought this topic to the social network Twitter.

The 6:37 a.m. (2137 GMT, Thursday) earthquake shook areas near the iconic mountain, 100 kilometers (63 miles) west of Tokyo, but there were no immediate reports. for injury, casualty or major damage.

The hashtag “Mount Fuji erupts,” started trending in Japanese on Twitter, with one user saying, “Tokyo will be in real trouble if Mount Fuji erupts. With the coronavirus continuing, where can we flee? ”

The volcano last erupted more than 300 years ago but is still active and occasionally undergoes periods of activity that can generate several hundred tremors per month.

A Japanese government committee said last year any major eruption would produce so much ash in Tokyo that the country’s transportation network of trains and highways would be paralyzed. paralyzed for three hours.

However, the Japan Meteorological Agency said there is no data to suggest an increasing likelihood of Mount Fuji erupting.

“We did not see any particular anomalies in the observed data for Mount Fuji. There probably isn’t any connection (between the earthquake and a possible eruption),” an agency official said at a news conference.

(Reported by Kiyoshi Takenaka; edited by Richard Pullin) Japan quells fears of Mount Fuji erupting after earthquake | WSAU News / Talk 550 AM · 99.9 FM

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