Akan volcano (Hokkaido, Japan) news & activity updates:

Mt Meakan volcano (Hokkaido, Japan): earthquake swarm triggers eruption alert

Tue, 28 Jul 2015, 09:27
09:27 AM | BY: T
Recent earthquakes under Meakan volcano (JMA)
Recent earthquakes under Meakan volcano (JMA)
Thermal images of the Ponmachineshiri crater (JMA)
Thermal images of the Ponmachineshiri crater (JMA)
A swarm of shallow volcanic earthquakes under the Ponmachineshiri crater of Mt Meakan volcano has been occurring since yesterday. This event triggered the Japanese Meteorological Agency (JMA) to raise the volcanic alert status to 2 (eruption alert, on a scale of 1-5) today.
In addition, temperatures and fumarolic activity inside the crater have increased.
The earthquake swarm follows a gradual increase in seismicity under the volcano noted since April this year. JMA thinks the most likely outcome is a very small (phreatic) eruption in the near future and recommends not to approach the crater within 500 m.

Previous news

Fri, 21 Nov 2008, 19:27
On 17 November the alert level for Akan volcano was rised to level 3. There have been recorded tremors and a cloud that was the result of an ash eruption that covered the crater rim with black ash. Also ballsitic lithics were deposed around the crater. ... Read all
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