JMA issues warning on possible eruption of Mt. Kusatsushirane

JMA issues warning on possible eruption of Mt. Kusatsushirane

TOKYO, June 3 (Xinhua) -- The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) on Tuesday issued warning on possible small scale eruption of Kusatsushirane mountain that is located between Gunma and Nagano prefectures in central Japan.

The agency raised the alert level from 1 to 2 on the scale of five, meaning people are warned not to approach the crater, and also warned that large pieces of volcanic cinder could be scattered up to one kilometer from the top of the 2,160-meter mountain.

The warning was issued after a scientific report that indicates the mountain shows signs of volcanic activity, but experts said the signs would not lead to a huge eruption, according to local report.

"Even if it erupts, it is likely to be on a small scale," said Toshitsugu Fujii, chair of the JMA's advisory panel on volcanic eruption prediction that compiled the report, was quoted by Japan's Kyodo News as saying.

The panel said that volcanic seismic activity has increased since early March, while a change in magnetic force has also been observed, which is likely to indicate rising temperature underground.