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Sep 29, 2014

Eruption of Mt. Ontake injures at least eight people, including seriously injured person! It’s likely that some 150 People have been stranded on the mountaintop. We have information about four people buried in ash.

Eruption of Mt. Ontake injures at least eight people, including seriously injured person! 
 It’s likely that some 150 People have been stranded on the mountaintop. We have information about four people buried in ash.

I think that this eruption shows us that volcanic eruption prediction is impossible. If such eruption had been able to be predicted in advance, restrict to the entry to the mountain should had been made earlier. NHK TV crew happened to be around the eight station of the mountain to produce another program. They succeed in filming real footage but I realize they were absolutely terrified.
We should realize that this is a message indicating that we must not restart nuclear power plant operations.  NHK has just broadcast a special program on massive eruption of volcano.

Masatoshi Takeshita
September 29, 2014


English translation of the excerpt of a Japanese article: Blog to Seek Truth – September 27, 2014 –

Eruption of Mt. Ontake hurts at least eight people, including a seriously injured person! It’s likely that some 150 People have been stranded on the mountaintop.  We have information about four people covered with ash.


Mt. Ontake, a volcano straddling Nagano and Gifu prefectures, erupted around 11:53 a.m. on September 27.  It has been found that among climbers stranded on the mountaintop are some injured people including seriously injured persons.  According to the report of Kiso Wide-Area Fire Headquarters, at least eight injured persons are in an isolated mountain lodge.

One of them is so seriously injured that he/she cannot move at all.  The local fire department has dispatched emergency unit to the route of the climb to prepare for treatment of the person.  It has also been found that about 200 people who were climbing went down the mountain after the eruption.

It appears that a cabin isolated on the mountaintop had holes on the roof and we have information that there are a number of people collapsing outside the lodge.  The site appears to be in a tense atmosphere.  It is likely that rescue teams will arrive late due to continuing active eruption activity.

Since such volcanic eruption makes it difficult for aircraft to approach to the site due to volcanic ash, relief operations would be hampered to much a greater degree.  According to the announcement of the Meteorological Agency, it is likely that volcanic ash will fall over Gifu, Nagano and Yamanashi prefecture and eruption stones will fall within the 4 km from the crater.  Given these things, relief operations for climbers would presumably after dark at the earliest.  Since there is some emergency food in the cabin, we hope they will last out with it.



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