Nishino-shima volcano news & activity updates:
Tue, 3 Mar 12:05
The eruption continued at least through 27 February. ...more
Mon, 19 Jan 15:35
Thermal Landsat 8 image of Nishino-Shima from 12 Jan 2015 (GSI via Culture Volcan)
The island continues to grow with lava flows, which recently have been mostly active towards the east from the main vent, while most growth during Nov-Dec had been towards the north, where a vast plateau has been built. ...more
Sat, 27 Dec 14:56
Nishinoshima seen on 25 Dec 2014 (Japanese Coast Guard)
The eruption continues well into its second year, steadily enlarging the island with lava flows. During the past weeks, most activity has been concentrated to produce flows towards the north and northwest where the island has been growing considerably. ...more
Wed, 3 Dec 18:17
Steam plume from Nishinoshima on 27 Nov 2014 (Landsat 8 image / NASA Earth Observatory)
The eruption continues and has been going for more than a year now. It has enlarged the island to 1.89 square km (0.73 square miles). The highest point is now approx. 100 m above sea level.
Comparison of Nishinoshima from shortly after the birth of the new island (image 21 Nov 2013, lt), the merging with the old island (25 Dec, rt), formation of extensive lava deltas (7 April 2014, lb), and the disappearance of the old island under new lava (13 Nov 2014, rb) (Source. Asahi.com)
Sat, 11 Oct 21:37
Landsat 8 satellite image showing the Nishino-shima island on 8 Oct; white lines=contour of old island now covered by fresh lava flows (annotation: Culture Volcan)
The volcanic eruption on the remote island continues. A recent satellite image that the lava flows from the active vent(s) have now covered the older part of the island, the original tiny Nishino-Shima island. ...more
Fri, 12 Sep 12:56
Comparision of satellite images from 21 Aug and 6 Sep, showing the active lava flows (images: GSI/AIST, annotations: Culture Volcan)
Lava flows continue to be active and enlarge the growing island. During the past weeks, these have contributed to the growth of a platform towards the north of the active vents.
Sun, 31 Aug 16:23
View of the Nishino-Shima island from the west on 26 Aug (Japanese Coast Guard)
The island remains active and continues to grow as lava flows add new land to it. The Japanese Coast Guard made another survey flight on 26 August and observed ongoing effusive and explosive activity in the main crater. ...more
Mon, 28 Jul 15:38
Nishinoshima on 23 July (image: Japanese Coast Guard)
Activity at the growing island continues, perhaps even with increased intensity, judging from the recent pictures obtained by the Japanese Coast Guard on 23 July: ...more
Wed, 16 Jul 14:27
Landsat 8 images of Nishino-Shima on 2 June and 4 July, showing the new platform to the east (images: AIST, annotation: Culture Volcan)
The currently fastest growing island of the world remains active, with both effusive (lava flows enlarging the island) and explosive activity (strombolian and phreatomagmatic = water-magma explosions). ...more
Mon, 30 Jun 12:31
An explosive event occurred last night at the growing island volcano. VAAC Tokyo reported an ash plume at 10,000 ft (3 km) altitude drifting to the northeast.
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