Mount Fujiyama, more commonly known as Mount Fuji, is the tallest mountain in Japan with a peak that rises 12,389 feet above sea level. It is an active volcano, whose eruption from 1707 to 1708 is known as the Hōei eruption.Continue Reading
Although Mount Fuji is an active stratovolcano, it has a low risk of eruption. It is located on Honshu Island and is visible from the capital city of Tokyo, located about 62 miles to the northeast. The volcano currently known as Mount Fuji lies on top of another volcano, known as Old Mount Fuji, which first began erupting 100,000 years ago and again 10,000 years ago. It also lies on top of an even older volcano, the Komitake volcano, which first became active around 700,000 years ago. The current Mount Fuji, or New Mount Fuji, first erupted 10,000 years ago. In addition to the Hōei eruption, recorded eruptions of the volcano include the Jōgan eruption in 864 A.D.
Mount Fuji is located at the meeting point of three points, known as the Amurian Plate, the Okhotsk Plate and the Philippine Sea Plate. Scientists believe that the pressure levels in the volcano are higher than those prior to the 1707 to 1708 eruption.Learn more about East Asia