Japan's Mount Fuji is what's referred to by geologists as an active stratovolcano. Stratovolcano's have a steep profile and experience 'quiet' eruptions as well as periodic explosive ones.
The last time Mount Fuji was in 1707â€'08. Now, 305 years later, volcanologists are predicting that large eruption likely:
The pressure in Mount Fuji's magma chamber is now higher than it was in 1707, the last time the nearly 4,000-metre-high Japanese volcano erupted, causing volcanologists to speculate that a disaster is imminent.
The new readings, taken by the National Research Institute for Earth Science and Disaster Prevention, reveal that the pressure is at 1.6 megapascals, nearly 16 times the 0.1 megapascals it takes to trigger an eruption.
According to experts from Ryukyu University, they suspect that a massive eruption will occur within the next three years based on past events (low-frequency earthquakes, the 2011 Tsunami & subsequent high magnitude earthquake) and current signals like steam and gas emissions from the crater, nearby water eruptions, massive holes emitting hot natural gases that are appearing in the volcanoes vicinity and the discovery of a 34km-long fault underneath the volcano ('Faults are fractures or fracture zones in the Earth's crust along which one side moves with respect to the other' )
In preparation of Mount Fuji's eruption, local suburbs and towns that would be affected are already planning evacuation strategies and there are plans to implement a ' test run evacuations' within the next two years.
If I lived in that area, I don't think I'd be able to continue residing there. Every time I would look at my home and belongings, with the knowledge that I may have to suddenly leave and everything could be destroyed is not something I would be able to comfortably accept. Why live with the fear of a likely natural danger.