New series of aftershocks in Japan may awaken the dormant volcano Mount Fuji, last erupted in the eighteenth century.That is the conclusion, on the basis of available data, came the Japanese and American experts.
Experts Research Center of Seismology, Volcanology and Disaster Prevention at Nagoya University have warned that an earthquake of magnitude 6, recorded on March 15 in the area of Mount Fuji, tells about the beginning of volcanic activity.According to Japanese seismologists shares leading meteorologist TheWeatherSpace.com Kevin Martin.
According to the specialist, the earthquake provoked a wave that "travel across the planet."As a result, the powerful of underground tremors strong impact on the zone of tectonic faults and volcanic foci.The expert believes that a series of aftershocks in the vicinity of Mount Fuji can awaken the sleeping giant.Martin did not fail to note that the volcano and so late eruption for at least 300 years.
Among other things, scientists predict that the effects will
It should be recalled that at the atomic complex, "Fukushima-Daiichi" ( "Fukushima-1") out of service emergency cooling system.Currently, the Japanese authorities unsuccessfully try to cool the reactors and fuel rods.According to international observers, the radiation level at the plant so exceeds the limits of acceptable standards that the liquidators of the accident exposed to grave risk.Some experts expressed assumption that the accident at the "Fukushima" nuclear power can threaten the world a new man-made disaster.
Today, the Japanese Agency for Nuclear and Industrial Safety of Japan raised the severity level from the fourth to fifth on seven-point scale INES.Earlier, IAEA assigned accident fourth level of danger, and French experts - sixth.The fifth level is that there is a risk of release of consequences beyond the area of nuclear power as a result of the accident.And the seventh level of the history of the INES scale is assigned only to the existence of the Chernobyl disaster in 1986.
information about a possible revival of Fuji does not look too fantastic, if you remember that a few days ago in the southwest of Japan volcano awoke Sinmoe.Experts assigned to this phenomenon three points out of five on the scale of the danger.According to eyewitnesses, rocks and ash erupted from the crater of the volcano into the air to a height of four kilometers.From the danger zone, where there are more than a thousand houses evacuated population.
Since the beginning of this year Sinmoe, which until January 2011 was not active for 52 years, stepped up more than ten times.According to the majority of seismologists, awakening volcano causes lie in the devastating earthquake that occurred in Japan at the end of last week.
Meanwhile tremors in the region do not stop.Every day there are reports from Japan about new earthquakes of magnitude 4 to 7. For example, fluctuations in the Earth's crust disturbed the Japanese island of Honshu on the night of 18 March.Three tremors of magnitude 4.8 to 5 were recorded on Friday night at 03:31, 4:01 and at 04:05 (21:31, 22:01, and 22:05 on Thursday MSK).
Japan is located in a seismic area, at the junction of four plates - the Eurasian, Philippine, North America and the Pacific.Earthquakes occur as a result of friction plates which are bunched at 9 cm from each other in a year.
volcano Fuji is considered low activity.Since 781, there were 12 explosive eruptions of Mount Fuji.The largest were recorded in the 800-m, 864-m and 1707 - 1708.The last eruption is considered one of the strongest: as a result of it on the east slope of a new crater, and the streets of the city of Edo (present-day Tokyo, Japan) were covered with 15-centimeter layer of ash.