The pressure in Mount Fuji’s magma chamber is now higher than it was in 1707, the last time the nearly 4,000-metre-high Japanese volcano erupted, causing volcanologists to speculate that a disaster is imminent.
The new readings, taken by the National Research Institute for Earth Science and Disaster Prevention, reveal that the pressure is at 1.6 megapascals, nearly 16 times the 0.1 megapascals it takes to trigger an eruption.
That’s the down-side.
However we’re a saki cup half full sorta website so the way we look at Fuji blowin it’s top is thus: it will cool down the planet, if even only temporarily. Given the fact that 2013 is supposed to make 2012 look like a tepid bath, that’s a good thing.