Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Keindahan Gunung Fuji yang Diprediksikan akan Meletus

Saat ini para ahli mengklaim bahwa Gunung berapi Fuji akan meletus. Model matematika yang dibuat pada bulan September 2012 oleh National Research Institute for Earth Science and Disaster Prevention menyatakan bahwa tekanan dalam dapur magma Gunung Fuji bisa berada di 1,6 megapascal, lebih tinggi dibanding tahun 1707. Media langsung memberitakan klaim ini dan mengumumkan bahwa sebuah letusan Gunung. Fuji sudah dekat. Biarlah Tuhan yang memutuskan karena tidak ada yang dapat kita lakukan untuk menghentikan bencana alam.

Sementara itu, pemerintah Jepang telah mendaftarkan Gunung Fuji untuk ditetapkan sebagai salah satu situs warisan dunia  ke UNESCO. Terletak di Pulau Honshu, Gunung Fuji adalah gunung tertinggi di Jepang dengan ketinggian 3,776.24 meter (12.389 kaki). Gunung Fuji adalah sebuah stratovolcano aktif yang terakhir meletus pada tahun 1707-8. Terletak sekitar 100 kilometer (62 mil) dari Tokyo, gunung dapat dilihat dari metropolis pada hari yang cerah.

Puncak Gunung Fuji yang berbentuk Kerucut simetris, tertutup salju beberapa bulan dalam setahun, merupakan simbol terkenal Jepang dan sering digambarkan dalam seni dan fotografi. Gunung Fuji adalah salah satu dari "Tiga Pegunungan Suci" Jepang, bersama dengan Gunung Tate dan Gunung Haku.

Sekitar 300.000 jiwa mendaki ke puncak setiap tahun. Gunung Fuji berarti "hidup yang kekal." Ironisnya di sebelah barat laut kaki gunung Fuji terdapat 14 mil persegi (35-sq-km) yang mewakili kebalikan dari kehidupan, yaitu kematian. Hutan Aokigahara, yang juga disebut Lautan Pohon, sangat terkenal sebagai hutan lebat di mana jiwa bermasalah pergi untuk bunuh diri.

Jadi di artikel ini AMJG menyediakan keindahan gunung Fuji sebelum dihancurkan oleh sebuah letusan.

volcano researchers’ reports warning that an eruption of Mount Fuji in Japan is ‘looming’ and ‘imminent.’ While we certainly hope that such doom and gloom reports of Mount Fuji being a ‘ticking time bomb’ are wrong, we wanted to take a look at the magnificent beauty of the highest mountain in Japan. It’s located on Honshu Island, but towering in at 12,389 feet (3,776.24 meters), the active stratovolcano can be seen from so very many beautiful places in Japan. Here is Mount Fuji and seen from gorgeous green tea fields

Majestic Sunrise from the Summit of Mount Fuji. While no one is exactly certain, it is thought that the first ascent was in 663 by an anonymous monk. In ancient times, samurai trained at the base of Mt. Fuji and women were forbidden from climbing to the sacred summit. Nowadays people travel from all over the world specifically to see this view; about 300,000 adventuresome souls climb to the summit annually. Most hikers climb the mountain at night in order to be in a position at or near the summit to see a sunrise such as this. The morning sunshine is called “Goraikō” which means “honourable arrival of light.”

Mount Fuji as seen from above. All the recent worry about an eruption started after the 2011 disasters like the 9.0 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami that wreaked so much devastation. In September 2012, the National Research Institute for Earth Science and Disaster Prevention used mathematical models that suggested that the pressure in Mount Fuji’s magma chamber is higher than it was the last time the Japanese volcano erupted in 1707. Other scientists have claimed that is poppycock and it’s pure hysteria to spread such fear in the media.

Nothing can be done to stop a natural disaster. Instead, we wanted to examine the beauty of Mount Fuji and its exceptionally symmetrical cone which has been a subject of Japanese art and stories throughout the ages. Here, 7 Navy aircraft fly in front of the snow-capped Fuji volcano.

It’s thought the mountain got it’s name from the Ainu language of the native Japanese people and means “everlasting life.” Ironically, there are 14 sq miles of forest at the northwest base of Fuji that represent the opposite of life—the taking of life. Here in the foothills, we see Aokigahara Forest, also called the Sea of Trees, which is infamous as a dense forest where troubled souls go to commit suicide.

Magnificent Mount Fuji from Lake Yamanaka, the highest, yet the shallowest, of the Fuji Five Lakes. Lake Yamanaka is located in the village of Yamanakako in Yamanashi Prefecture near Mount Fuji. The lake is also the third highest lake in all of Japan.

 Harvesting fields as Shinkansen Bullet Train screams past the mountain.

 Night view with fall foliage from Kanagawa, Japan

Fuji volcano capped with snow while cherry blossoms bloom beside a pagoda at Tokyo, Japan.

Endless fields of purple flowers in foreground, Mount Fuji still capped with snow in the background

Mt. Fuji, one of Japan’s “Three Holy Mountains,” as seen from the Shibazakura Flower Festival.

View of Shinjuku skyscrapers and Mount Fuji as seen from the Bunkyo Civic Center in Tokyo.

Sunset over ‘Diamond Fuji’ with the Tokyo Sky Tree in the foreground. The 3,776-meter peak straddles the border of the two prefectures, both of which celebrate the mountain on Feb. 23. About 240 schools, including 93 prefectural high schools and elementary and junior high schools in nine municipalities close on that day to celebrate their beloved mountain. The Shizuoka Prefecture designated Feb. 23 as Mount Fuji Day in December 2009 and then the Yamanashi Prefecture followed suit in December 2011.

Snow-capped Mount Fuji and flowers. The Japanese government proposed making Mount Fuji a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site; the UNESCO World Heritage Committee is expected to make a decision in summer of 2013.

Lake Ashi. The photographer wrote, “Shot near Motohakone-ko. Mt. Fuji-san can barely be seen from the back as well as the water gate (The Red Torii Gate).”

Mt.Fuji and Lake Shojiko at sunrise, one of the Five Fuji Lakes. “Lake Shoji is the smallest of the five lakes. Remnants of lava flow still jut out of the water. Locals usually fish from these rocks.”

Limited Express “Asagiri” in Gotemba line against the background of Mt.Fuji.

Shiraito Falls is a waterfall in Fujinomiya, Shizuoka Prefecture, near Mount Fuji, Japan. It’s part of the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park and a protected Japanese Natural Monument since 1936. The falls were regarded as sacred under the Fuji cult.

Japan Fujiyoshida and Mount Fuji. Climbing Mount Fuji is “very popular not only among Japanese but also foreign tourists, who seem to make up more than a third of all hikers. The peak season for climbing Mount Fuji is during the school vacations which last from around July 20 to the end of August. The peak of the peak is reached during the Obon Week in mid August, when climbers literally have to stand in queues at some passages. While you may want to avoid the Obon Week, we believe that by avoiding the crowds in general, you would miss out one of the most interesting aspects of climbing Mount Fuji, which is the camaraderie and unique experience of ascending the mountain among hundreds of equally minded people from across the world.”

Varying views via cable cars, ranging from breathtaking to dense fog.

Curved trees on mystical Mount Fuji.

Even though Aokigahara Forest is called the Suicide Capital of the World by some people, it is undoubtedly gorgeous. Some say “due to the wind-blocking density of the trees and an absence of wildlife, the forest is known for being eerily quiet. The forest has a historic association with demons in Japanese mythology and is a popular place for suicides.” There are reportedly 100 bodies discovered yearly, “despite numerous signs, in Japanese and English, urging people to reconsider their actions. The annual body search, consisting of a small army of police, volunteers, and attendant journalists, began in 1970. There are also a variety of unofficial trails that are used semi-regularly for the annual ‘body hunt’ done by local volunteers. In recent years, hikers and tourists trekking through Aokigahara have begun to use plastic tape to mark their paths so as to avoid getting lost. Though officials try to remove the tape time and time again, tourists and thrill-seekers inevitably leave more and more litter, and a great deal of it lies scattered throughout the first kilometer of the forest, past the designated trails leading to tourist attractions such as the Ice Cave and Wind Cave. After the first kilometer into Aokigahara towards Mount Fuji, the forest is in a more ‘pristine’ condition, with little to no litter and few obvious signs of human presence.”

Mount Fuji from Yokohama, Japan.

Will this be the same Mt. Fuji during fall that people will see next autumn, or will the volcano erupt as experts predict? Wired Science says that although the hype behind Mount Fuji erupting has the “interwebs all worked up,” it’s instead like a “zombie in a horror movie….It seems we’ve entered the DOOOOM season in the media this month. I’m not sure what triggers this cascade of apocalyptic thinking, but once it gets going, it is like a game of ‘telephone’. What starts off as a benign report about some piece of volcanologic research ends up with” the media hysteria.

Aerial photograph of Mount Fuji taken from the ISS. Will it erupt like Mount St. Helens did in the USA, bringing wide-scale destruction and disaster? Or is this yet another hailing of coming Apocalypse, common among the doomsday 2012 phenomenon predictions?


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