Is Mt. Fuji going to erupt soon?

2005-1027 Mt Fuji by jenniferphoon

Mount Fuji might erupt soon, according to new research conducted by The Volcano Research Center at the University of Tokyo. Some don’t agree, but here’s one theory:

Based on the pressures required to form both materials, Kaneko believes the two mineral composites are housed in separate chambers under Fuji: one deep chamber 20 kilometres below the volcano, rich in basaltic magma, and a shallower chamber housing the silica 9 kilometres underground.

He says the deep rumble of low-frequency earthquakes beneath Fuji in 2000 and 2001 suggests movement inside the basaltic magma chamber, and adds he would not be surprised if Fuji erupts in the very near future.

via New Scientist

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