Mount Aso, a volcano on Japan’s Kyushu island, has been erupting sporadically for decades. Smithsonian’s Global Volcanism Program lists 38 separate eruptions since 1950, with the most recent beginning on December 8, 2014. All of these eruptions have occurred at Naka-dake, a cinder cone located within Aso’s massive caldera.
The summit crater of Naka-dake, accessible by toll road and cable car, is one of Kyushu’s most popular tourist destinations. However, the eruption is keeping tourists away, according to a report by the Asahi Shimbun. Many local tourism operations have seen the number of visitors drop by 20 to 30 percent, the newspaper reported.
References and Related Reading
- Asahi Shimbun (2014, December 24) Mount Aso eruption impacting tourism despite efforts to tout safety, view. Accessed January 16, 2015.
- Volcano Discovery (2015, January 5) Aso volcano (Kyushu, Japan): continuing strombolian activity. Accessed January 16, 2015.
- Smithsonian Volcanism Program (2015, January 13) Asosan. Accessed January 16, 2015.
NASA Earth Observatory image by Jesse Allen, using Landsat data from the U.S. Geological Survey. Caption by Adam Voiland.
- Landsat 8 - OLI