Expert: No reliable evidence that Tonga eruption could cause Mount Fuji to erupt

A massive underwater volcano erupted in Tonga on January 14, triggering tsunami waves in the Pacific. After the eruption of the Tonga volcano, there are concerns about whether Mount Fuji will be affected.

According to a report from South Korea’s Channel A on January 15, Mount Fuji has entered an active period and underground magma is active. He pointed out that recent studies have shown that the number of craters on Mount Fuji has increased by almost six times.

Toshiji Fujii, director of the Mount Fuji Institute of Science, said Mount Fuji had been silent for 300 years and it was no surprise that it erupted.

The possible eruption of the Mount Fuji volcano raises a question: Could the eruption of Tonga cause the eruption of Mount Fuji?

Image by FY-3C/MERSI: Formation of an umbrella cloud with a diameter of nearly 500 kilometers. /CMNS, CMA

Image by FY-3C/MERSI: Formation of an umbrella cloud with a diameter of nearly 500 kilometers. /CMNS, CMA

“Although the Tonga volcano and the volcanoes of the Japanese island chain all lie on the Pacific Ring of Fire, there is no reliable evidence that the two are related,” said Ji Jianqing, a professor at the Peking University School of Earth and Space Sciences.

“Their internal connection is relatively weak. Their spatial distance is almost 10,000 kilometers, they are located in the southern and northern hemispheres, and they also belong to different units of the Earth’s hydrosphere and atmosphere,” he said.

“Japan may have earthquakes and Mount Fuji may have eruptions recently because Japan is in the seismically active zone,” he said.

“However, the publicly available basis for predicting these events is unreliable. Academia and human civilization do not yet have the ability to accurately or with any degree of confidence predict these apparently earthquakes or volcanic events. random, especially those that can cause major disasters,” he said.

Japan has more than 100 active volcanoes. /VCG

Japan has more than 100 active volcanoes. /VCG

Japan, located in the northwest ring of fire on several tectonic plates, has more than 100 active volcanoes. Mount Fuji erupted several times around 100,000 years ago and is still an active volcano today, having last erupted in 1707.

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