CNN reports that American Poet and University of Wyoming Professor Craig Arnold is missing after setting out alone to climb a volcano known as Kuchinoerabujima.
The CNN article above mentions that Arnold was on a fellowship in Japan doing research for a book on volcanoes.
Not much is mentioned about Kuchinoerabujima (or Kuchinoerabu Island). The island is a popular spot for fishing, and hot spring resorts (thanks to the volcanic activity). The volcano last erupted in 1933. It is a stratovolcano (also called composite volcano), the same type as Mt. Fuji. Several small active volcanoes make up the island, including Shindake which is said to still belt out smoke. There have been a few
There is a junior high school on the island with a total of two students. There is also reportedly a gas station.
It sounds like a great place to visit for some hiking, fishing, and then chilling out in a nice hot spring onsen. I sincerely hope Professor Arnold is OK up there and just hanging out on Shindake looking down into the crater thinking up some cool poems. The CNN article seems to imply he’s an experienced adventurer so I hope its another overreaction by Japanese authorities.