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Taiwanese tourists safe after eruption of Japan's largest volcano

Taiwanese tourists safe after eruption of Japan's largest volcano

Taipei, Sept. 14 (CNA) Taiwanese tourists traveling in Kyushu were safe after Mount Aso, Japan's biggest active volcano, erupted again on Monday, according to Taiwan's Tourism Bureau. The bureau said it contacted several local travel agencies and found out that their tour groups in Kyushu had no choice but to opt against trips to the volcano, one of the most popular scenic spots and hiking areas on the southern Japanese island. Though the actual rim of the volcano has been closed to visitors over the past six months, nearby areas were still open before the eruption, the bureau said. Japanese authorities expanded the controlled area to a radius of 1 kilometer from the peak after the eruption occurred, and tour groups originally intending to take the scenic ropeway to go near the volcano had to change their schedules. Lion Travel (????) said the company had 78 tourists in three tour groups traveling the affected area, and two of them had the volcano on their itineraries Monday. But one group from Taipei went to the scenic Shirakawa Suigen spring in Kumamoto instead and another group from Kaohsiung ventured to Kusasenri Green Park just outside the restricted zone near Mount Aso, the travel agent said. The Tourism Bureau has asked local travel agencies to heed related information published by Japan's Meteorological Agency and adjust their itineraries to ensure the safety of their customers. (By Wang Shu-fen and Lilian Wu)


Updated : 2021-09-20 00:29 GMT+08:00