The Three Holy Mountains: Mt Fuji, Tate and Haku Fuji Essay

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Mt Fuji is a symbol of Japan: contributing to physical, cultural and spiritual representation of Japan. Fuji is also known as one of the three ‘holy’ mountains along with Mount Tate and Mount Haku Fuji stands 3776 meters (12380 feet). It’s still an active stratovolcano and sits on a triple junction of tectonic movement. Fuji is approximately 100km (62 miles) from the largest city and the capital of Japan, which is Tokyo. The last time Fuji erupted which was between 1707 and 1708, volcanic ash fell on Tokyo. Lately the volcano has experienced a rise in popularity from Japanese locals, tourists and artists. Around 2000 and 2001 Japan experienced seismic activity under the volcano and levels were slightly higher than usual, uplifting the concern for the reawakening of the volcano.
The last eruption that occurred was in 1707, and was named the Great Hoei Eruption. This particular eruption followed itself weeks after the Great Hoei Earthquake and measured 8.7 on the Richter scale. This eruption and earthquake severely damaged the city of surrounding areas such as Osaka and Edo (contemporary Tokyo), however more was on its way, the earthquake created enough seismic activity to compress the chamber of magma that lied 20km deep in the inactive Mt Fuji. As a result of the compression of the magma chamber, the basaltic lava rose from the bottom to the higher dacatic (an igneous volcanic rock) magma chamber just below 8km deep. Due to the mixing of these two different types of magma…

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