Two weeks ago, at the beginning of May 2015, Japanese officials closed the area around Mount Hakone in Southeast Japan due to “gushing dangerous steam” which began to appear rather suddenly from areas which normally don’t show much activity.

New reports today (May 17, 2015), indicate that the area has risen over FOUR INCHES (10cm) in the past few weeks.    The sudden rise, as well as the major steaming geothermal activity indicate the near term threat of eruption is growing rapidly. FULL REPORT