Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity
On-take (Honshu): A large explosive eruption occurred at Japan’s second highest volcano today at 11:53 local time. An explosion produced an ash plume that rose approx. 4 km and a large pyroclastic flow that swept down the southwestern flank. At least one woman was killed by the eruption and several others, approx. 50 persons, were severely injured. The volcano is a popular hiking destination and at the time of the eruption, about 150-200 people were on the volcano. The bodies of 31 hikers have been found near the top of Ontake a day after the sudden volcanic eruption. 45 hikers are still missing.