For your information,
we would be happy if you read the message about the eruption by Toshiyasu
the owner of Asobigokoro.
As is widely reported, Nakadake crater erupted on the 14th
Thank you for everybody about the messages about Nakadake crater
Please don’t worry.
Aso is fine!
Of course we are fine!
We can understand your worries.
So I will tell about the current situation of Aso.
Originally Nakadake is an active volcano.
So even if there is no restriction,
the availability of the crater observation is quite changeable, because of the smoke direction,
the gas amount etc.
Why is the small eruption of Nakadake so widely reported by media from
the last year?
Actually small eruptions of Nakadake like this scale happens about
every 20 years.
The small eruption of last November is the first eruption in this
about 20 years, too.
In last November, why did the eruption make national news?
Because the normal "white" smoke changed to
"black" or "gray" smoke.
Even though after the eruption happened,
the Level2 eruption warning has been kept since the last August 30th.
During that we have not been able to watch the crater.
The reason why this eruption has becom big news this morning is the
eruption warning has changed Level3.
This is the first time that the level of Mt.Aso has become Level 3
since the introduction of the eruption warning level system (Level 1-5) in 2007.
And this is the first time that the smoke rose to 2,000m in this 20
These are the reasons why this eruption has become big news.
So how is our life?
We are keeping our usual lives.
Nobody evacuated from Aso incluiding residents who live in foot of Mt.Aso.
Only one change is "volcanic ash".
(We call that "Yona" in Aso. We are worried about damage to
We are worried that people may have images and reputations
that "Aso is dangerous!" more than the facts by watching TV news.
I would like to say it again!
The off-limits areas are just mountains,
"Naka-dake", "Taka-dake", "Eboshi-dake",
"Kijima-dake" and "Ojo-dake".
"Kusasenri" area is available!
Of course, "Aso Shrine", "Kurokawa Spa Town" and "Minamiaso"
Originally in Aso, people live in the "Caldera" (big volcanic
crater) made by big eruptions.
So the situation changes continuously.
But we should accept the whole of Aso!
Of course, whether to visit Aso or not, your judgement is important.
Then, how can you get the information?
You can get it from "Mt. Naka-dake caution information" on
the website of Aso City Hall.http://www.city.aso.kumamoto.jp.e.pw.hp.transer.com/category/spotinfo/
message by Toshiyasu Yoshizawa