After deadly eruption, Japan ponders how to improve predictions

October 17, 2014 4:15 PM

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After deadly eruption, Japan ponders how to improve predictions

The question has been very much in the news in Japan since the 27 September eruption of Mount Ontake. Despite 24/7 monitoring of the mountain for telltale warning signs, the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) failed to predict the eruption. It surprised several hundred hikers enjoying a glorious autumn day on the 3067-meter mountain, leaving 56 confirmed dead and seven still missing—the country's deadliest eruption in nearly 90 years.

On Monday, a popular TV show asked whether the country could do better. Each week, Beat Takeshi's TV Tackle features a group of celebrities quizzing experts on topics in the news. The most recent program brought together a panel of earth scientists and others concerned about volcanoes (on YouTube in...

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