Japan's Tragic Wake-Up Call

The deadly eruption of Mt. Ontake in Japan is both a warning and a reminder that the country has other sources of energy than nuclear.
Japan's volcanoes are both a threat and a source of energy.

With the discovery of a 47th body on the slopes of Mt. Ontake yesterday, the volcano's eruption is now Japan's deadliest in 88 years. It's impossible not to worry about an even bigger volcanic threat that lies just 90 miles from Tokyo: Mt. Fuji. All this has both seismologists and anti-nuclear activists asking anew whether the most earthquake-prone nation in the developed world should be restarting its 48 nuclear reactors, which have been offline since a record earthquake in March 2011 precipitated the Fukushima crisis.

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