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Is China's Riskiest Volcano Stirring Or Merely Biding Its Time?

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Science  30 Jul 2010:
Vol. 329, Issue 5991, pp. 498-499
DOI: 10.1126/science.329.5991.498-a

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Last month, a South Korean geologist declared that a 2744-meter-tall volcano on the border of China and North Korea is showing signs of waking from a century-long slumber. North Korean scientists, too, are worried about recent geophysical anomalies observed at the mountain, Science has learned. But Chinese volcanologists, who have a sophisticated monitoring system set up at Changbai, discount the threat and insist that the volcano is quiet. South Korea plans to hold a meeting with China and Japan in November to "get to the bottom of the matter," says an official with the Korean Meteorological Administration in Seoul who requested anonymity because of the issue's sensitivity.