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Japan: Volcano: 2000/03 Country Information on DRR

Period 2000/03
Country or District Japan
Event Type Volcano
Outline The eruption occurred around 1:10 p.m. (0400 GMT). Experts monitoring the volcano's seismic activity had predicted the eruption, and had evacuated more than 11,000 residents from homes at its base. Volcanic ash began to rain down on several towns near the volcano shortly after the eruption. The area was enveloped by the pungent smell of sulphur. After the eruption, Date city official Kazuki Owada said the city had widened its evacuation order to include another 548 people. All 13,000 residents in Abuta village were told to evacuate. A military helicopter detected Thursday that cracks on the volcano's slopes had widened to 100 meters (330 feet). Mount Usu is 732 meters (2,402 feet) high.
Human Impact Physical Impact Others

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Geological Survey of Hokkaido
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Geological Survey of Hokkaido
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Abuta-cho Reconstruction Plan (Draft)
Abuta-cho issued the reconstruction plan (draft) (Japanese only)

Visited Researcher Mr.NIMARU Report 2000/06/20
Visit at the Vocano erupted area in Hokkido

Researcher Mr.ARAKIDA Report 2000/08/06
Visit at the Volcanic erupted area in Hokkaido

BBC News 2000/03/31 09:07GMT
Pictures of Mt. Usu eruption

BBC News 2000/04/01 14:44GMT

BBC News 2000/03/31 12:28GMT

CNN News 2000/04/02 18:17GMT

CNN News 2000/04/01 17:33GMT

CNN News 2000/04/01 03:48GMT

CNN News 2000/03/31 06:52GMT
The magnitude of the eruption was not immediately known. Smoke was reaching more than 2,000 meters into the atmosphere, but there were no reports of lava flowing from the volcano.

CNN News 2000/03/29 12:25GMT
Three towns near a volcano that was in danger of erupting in northern Japan ordered the evacuation of 8,000 people as increasingly powerful tremors shook the region Wednesday

Hokkaido Broadcasting
Live image of Mt. Usu

Sapporo TV
Live image of Mt. Usu

Mainichi Shimbun

Asahi Shimbun

Date City Office

Abuta Town Office
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Sobetsu Town Office
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Hokkaido Prefectural Government Iburi Branch
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Hokkaido Prefectural Government
Information on Mt. Usu (Japanese only)

Geographycal Data

Geographical Survey Institute, Ministry of Construction
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[ERI Emergency Relief Information]

Fire and Disaster Management Agency, Japan

Ministry of Posts and Communications

Police of Hokkaido

Japanese Red Cross Hokkaido Chapter


It is a state around the admittance prohibition zone of some Mt USU on August 5-6. Both houses and roads are as much as a throat and an eye are painful by full of volcanic ashes.