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Massive Active Fault Found beneath Japan's Mount Fuji

Japan's Mount Fuji may be sitting on a large, active fault that could trigger a magnitude-7 earthquake, changing the shape of the mountain and devastating nearby communities, the education ministry said on Thursday.
A survey commissioned by the ministry found a 30-km fault beneath Japan's highest mountain, believed by many to be sacred, and research results indicate it was likely to be active, a ministry official said.

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A strong magnitude 6.3 earthquake occurred at 08:30:45 (UTC) on Friday, April 7, 2006 , in the Fuji Region, 230 km NW of SUVA, at a depth of 22.7 km.

Location 16.556S, 176.980E

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A strong magnitude 6.6 earthquake occurred at 03:16:09 (UTC) on Tuesday, December 13, 2005, in the Fuji Region, 115-km SSW of Sigave, at a depth of 29.3 km.

Location 15.271S, 178.569W


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