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Environmental Implications of Japan's Geology 08, A recently active (1970's) volcano still steaming, Mt. Komagatake, Backbone Range.
A recently active (1970's) volcano still steaming, Mt. Komagatake, Backbone Range. -- With careful monitoring, many volcanic eruptions can be predicted and precautions taken to prevent loss of life. Prevention of damage to structures and crops, however, is not possible. Unfortunately, not all predictions are completely correct. Volcano experts and disaster prevention officials were aware of the danger of an eruption at Mt. Unzen in Kyushu in 1991, but believed the main threat would be from mudflows descending the flank of the volcano. Instead, an explosive eruption sent an avalanche of hot gas and rocks hurtling down the mountain killing 41 people in a type of eruption not previously known at Mt. Unzen.
 
Editorial assistant: Joseph Augustin. Collection Librarian: Amy Bryant. -- Please send any questions, comments, or content corrections to Michael Thiedeman, Professor of Art, Earlham College, Richmond, IN 47374 USA. email address: thiedmi@earlham.edu -- With reference to this set of images dealing with the geology of Japan, you may wish to contact Dr. Charles Martin, Professor Emeritus, Department of Geology, Earlham College, email: martich@earlham.edu