Eruption of Mount Aso in Japan: Airflights Cancelled

Japan had a second great volcanic eruption this year. Mount Aso released loads of magma, with ash plumes shooting in the air. Several flights have thus been cancelled.


Mount Aso located in the south of Japan has erupted today morning (28.11.14), the first of its kind in over two decades.

According to the Japan Meteorological Agency, the volcano emitted lava debris, smoke and ash plumes reaching a distance of one kilometer into the sky. As a consequence, many flights from the nearest city, Kumamoto, have had to be cancelled. Volcanoes spewing plumes of ash into the sky might have negative repercussions on airplanes flying in the vicinity. As a precaution, it is better to cancel the flights to avoid any mishap.

Recently, volcanic eruptions in Iceland raised concerns over flights that would have had to pass near the affected region. Ash shooting up in the sky might potentially cause visibility problems to pilots.

Japan had another massive volcano eruption in September this very year. Mount Ontake situated in the west of Tokyo killed more than 50 people, most of whom were hikers.

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