Mt. Fuji Eruption to Leave Ash in Central Tokyo

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Tokyo, March 22 (Jiji Press)--A Mount Fuji eruption as big as the major one in 1707 is forecast to leave ash one to 1.5 centimeters thick in central Tokyo over 15 days, a government team said Friday.

The layer of fallen ash would exceed 3 meters thick at the foot of Japan's highest peak, about 100 kilometers west of central Tokyo, according to the working team of the central disaster management council.

The team made the estimates using wind data for Dec. 16-31 last year, considered similar to the conditions at the time of the 1707 eruption.

Ash from the 3,776-meter mountain is forecast to accumulate in Shizuoka, Kanagawa and Chiba prefectures as well as Tokyo.

Ash accumulation is seen reaching 1.2 meters in Gotenba, Shizuoka, 45 centimeters in Hadano, Kanagawa, and 10 centimeters in Yokohama, also Kanagawa. The amount would be 4.5 centimeters in Tokyo Bay and one to 1.5 centimeters in Tokyo's Shinjuku Ward.

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