Mt Fuji Japan
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Mt. Fuji, Japan

March 8, 2004
Fuji, Japan’s tallest volcano (3776 m) and a national symbol, is located about 110 kilometers (70 miles) west-southwest of Tokyo in central Honshu, Japan. It is a highly recognizable target from space, and last week, ISS crew members peered down onto Fuji’s snow-capped cone. The summit crater is about 250 m deep, with a diameter of about 500 meters. Fuji last erupted in 1707 from Hoei crater, a vent on the mountain’s southeastern flank. When this image was taken, the winter snow cover highlighted trails, roads and other clearings above a certain elevation. Developments on Fuji’s lower flanks, which include military installations and tourist resorts, remained snow-free.

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