Early this month, Mt Asama, a volcano that straddles the border wetween Gunma and Nagano, erupted. Although the eruption posed no immediate threat to us in Ibaraki, the ash that spewed out might have. The ash plume at one stage spanned 250km (155 miles), stretching from Gunma through Tochigi-ken and Fukushima-ken (the prefectures directly North West and North of us) all the way to the coast. If the wind direction had changed, there would have been the possibility that Ibaraki would also get a dusting. We were safe this time, but there are a few things you should know about volcanic ash if this should ever happen again.
Asama-yama is a young volcano that erupts faily frequently. More information is available here: http://volcano.und.nodak.edu/vwdocs/volc_images/north_asia/asama_yama.html
There are several things you need to know about volcanic ash, and precautions that you can take.
Volcanic ash can be extremely slippery when wet. If we get dusted and it rains, bear this in mind when driving.
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