Japan warns of volcano eruption within 48 hours
Tens of thousands of people living near Japan's volatile Mount Asama have been told to brace themselves for a major volcanic eruption within 48 hours.
By Julian Ryall in Tokyo
Published: 4:15PM GMT 01 Feb 2009
The volcano is one of Japan's most active and last erupted in September 2004 when molten rock and ash blanketed areas more than 125 miles from the crater.