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Mt. Nantai in Nikko to be added to list of active volcanos

Pleasure boats are pictured on Lake Chuzenji in front of Mount Nantai, in Nikko, Tochigi Prefecture, in this Sept. 5, 2016 file photo. (Mainichi)

The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) is set to add Mount Nantai in Nikko, Tochigi Prefecture, to its list of active volcanos, agency officials announced.

    The decision, made at a meeting on June 20 of the Coordinating Committee for Prediction of Volcanic Eruptions, will bring the number of active volcanos across the country to 111.

    Committee officials said, however, there are no signs that 2,486-meter-high Mount Nantai is about to erupt. Mountains recognized as active volcanos are placed under careful monitoring.

    The coordinating committee also said the probability that 3,067-meter-high Mount Ontake spanning Nagano and Gifu prefectures -- which erupted in 2014, leaving 58 people dead and five others missing -- will erupt again is low, noting that its volcanic activity has been subsiding.

    The committee also appointed Kyoto University professor emeritus Kazuhiro Ishihara as its chairman on June 20, replacing University of Tokyo professor emeritus Toshitsugu Fujii who had headed the panel for 14 years.

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