Kuchinoerabu-jima volcano news & activity updates:
Shindake volcano (Kuchinoerabu-jima island, Japan): alert level lowered
Thursday Jun 16, 2016 11:27 AM | AUTEUR : T
Evacuated Kuchinoerabu-jima island seen from Yakushima last summer (image: Peter Majtan)The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA), the official government body in charge of monitoring volcanoes, lowered the alert level for the island, after no more significant activity has occurred at the volcano since 19 June 2015 (i.e. almost one year).
Current level was lowered from the second highest on the scale (4: "prepare for evacuation") to now 3 ("Do not approach the volcano").
The violent eruption of Mount Shindake volcano on 29 May last year triggered the evacuation of the 118 residents of the small island to neighboring Yakushima Island. The evacuation order was lifted in December last year, allowing the villagers to return to their island.
While it cannot be ruled out that small-scale eruptions occur again from the volcano, it is not expected to affect areas more than 2 km away from the crater.
Friday, Jun 19, 2015
Another eruption occurred from the Shindake crater shortly after noon on 18 June. It was not directly observed due to cloud cover and the island being evacuated, but sent out a clear explosion signal picked up on seismic stations. ... [details]
Tuesday, Jun 02, 2015
An analysis of the erupted ash from 29 May confirms that the explosion was, as suspected, phreatomagmatic in origin, i.e. driven by the presence of new magma interacting with external water. ... [details]
Sunday, May 31, 2015
So far, the volcano has remained calm so far, although a new explosion remains a possibility and the highest alert level 5 (evacuation) remains in place. ... [details]
Friday, May 29, 2015
Two people have been reported injured, presumably burnt by pyroclastic surge, and were flown to a hospital in Yakushima island. ... [details]
Kuchinoerabu-jima volcano update: Massive vulcanian explosion, pyroclastic flows, island ordered to evacuate
Friday, May 29, 2015
A powerful vulcanian explosion occurred this morning at 11:02 am local time at the volcano. The eruption - a both vertical and partially lateral massive explosion, occurred with apparently little warning from the Shintake vent and produced large pyroclastic flows by column collapse. A tall mushroom ash plume quickly rose to approx. 12 km altitude (36,000 ft). ... [details]