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Overtop Mount Fuji

Mount Fuji, Japan

Story by UrtheCast Gallery November 18th, 2016

Mount Fuji is an active stratovolcano — a 3,777-meter-high, conical volcano composed of one layer of hardened lava, tephra, and volcanic ash characterized by a steep profile and periodic, explosive eruptions. This impressive wonder, the highest mountain in Japan, sits atop a triple junction of tectonic activity.

Mount Fuji is a popular tourist destination that welcomes around 300,000 visitors every year. To increase social connectivity and improve climber safety, a Wi-Fi system was launched here in 2014. To learn more about Mount Fuji and its Wi-Fi program, visit the UrtheCast blog.

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Imagery captured by UrtheCast's Theia camera aboard the International Space Station.

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Researchers report that Mount Fuji — which last erupted Dec. 16, 1707 — could now be ready to erupt due to a buildup of pressure from the 9.0-magnitude earthquake that struck Japan’s eastern coast in 2011.

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The populated areas featured below are located just north of Tokyo, Japan's capital. Learn more about these urban areas, here.

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