Fault Line Found Under Mt. Fuji

Quake could collapse part of peak

Mt. Fuji

Mt. Fuji     Photo: joka2000/Flickr

A giant fault line located under Mount Fuji could cause parts of the iconic peak to collapse if it shifts, according to a report issued by the Japanese government on Thursday. Research from a team of scientists at the University of Tokyo indicated that the previously unknown fault line is capable, in theory, of releasing a magnitude seven earthquake and has shifted in the past 100 years. A large quake could cause mudslides to flow as far as Gotemba, a city on the Pacific side of the mountain.

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