Global Volcanism Program | Image GVP-01370
Tourists pack a parking lot at the summit crater of Naka-dake, the historically active crater of Aso volcano. The crater rim is readily accessible by toll road or aerial cable car and is a popular tourist destination. The circular concrete structures are emergency shelters to protect tourists in the event of a sudden volcanic eruption. Frequent, but intermittent, explosive eruptions eject ash and blocks onto the flanks of the cone and often prompt closure of the summit to visitors.
Copyrighted photo by Katia and Maurice Krafft, 1981.
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