Six years after the eruption of Mt. Ontake, safety measures in preparation for the eruption will continue to be a challenge.

Six years after the eruption of Mt. Ontake, safety measures in preparation for the eruption will continue to be a challenge on September 27 at 4:51 a.m.

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It has been six years since the eruption of Mt. Ontake, which killed and injured 63 people. This summer, for the first time since the eruption, we were able to climb two mountain peaks in Nagano Prefecture, and safety measures in preparation for the eruption continue to be a challenge.

On September 27, 2014, Mt. Ontake erupted on the border between Nagano and Gifu Prefectures, resulting in the “worst volcanic disaster of the post-war period” with 58 people dead and five missing.

On the 27th, six years after the eruption, a memorial service was held in Otaki Village, Nagano Prefecture, at the foot of the eruption to mourn the victims by offering silence at 11:52 a.m., the same time the eruption occurred.

Due to the influence of the new coronavirus, participation in the ceremony will be limited to bereaved families and local officials, and there will be no greetings from representatives of the bereaved families.

For the first time since the eruption, Otaki Village lifted restrictions on access to the summit, allowing it to climb two mountain peaks in Nagano Prefecture for the first time in six years.

According to Nagano Prefecture, there are more than 3,600 climbers who submitted their mountain climbing plans on the Nagano side between July and August 22, which is lower than last year due to the new virus, but the number of climbers is expected to increase in the future.

Aling shelters were set up at the top of the two mountain peaks to lift regulations, safety measures continue to be a challenge, such as raising awareness of mountaineers and calling for immediate evacuation in the event of another eruption.