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Saturday, February 14, 2009

7 more volcanoes to be put under 24-hour surveillance

Sunday 15th February, 06:29 AM JST

TOKYO —

The Coordinating Committee for Prediction of Volcanic Eruptions will put seven volcanoes in Japan under round-the-clock surveillance as they are likely to affect public life by erupting or becoming active in the coming 100 years, its sources said Saturday. The seven volcanoes include Mt Shirane between Gunma and Tochigi prefectures and Mt Norikura between Nagano and Gifu prefectures, according to the sources.

The committee monitors the volcanic activity of 108 volcanoes across Japan and has already put 34 of them, such as Mt Asama straddling Gunma and Nagano prefectures that experienced a minor eruption earlier this month, under 24-hour surveillance through seismographs and a global positioning system.

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