Protection from volcanic eruption

Japanese manufacturers Tiejin have developed two new fabrics to protect lodges and evacuation shelters in the event of a volcanic eruption.

Japan is one of the world’s most active volcanic regions and in the September 2014 eruption of Mt. Ontake, located some 200 kilometers west of Tokyo, hot airborne volcanic fragments measuring as much as 10 centimetres damaged many buildings.

japanese volcanoThe new fabrics Twaron and Technora have been produced in consultation with Japan’s National Defense Academy and sales are expected to reach 50,000 square meters by the fiscal year ending in March 2017.

Already The Ministry of the Environment is now using the fabrics to refurbish the roof of the Ebino Eco Museum Center in Kirishima-Kinkowan National Park on the island of Kyushu in southern Japan.