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Kikai volcano (Japan) - Smithsonian / USGS Weekly Volcanic Activity Report for 5 June-11 June 2002 (New Activity / Unrest)

Wed, 5 Jun 2002, 06:00
06:00 AM | BY: VN
According to JMA's report on 6 June, discolored plumes, associated with volcanic tremor, had intermittently issued from Kikai's summit since 11 May. In addition, the number of small volcanic earthquakes had increased since 29 May. Discolored plumes were observed from Mishima village on the Ryukyu Islands and ash fell on residential areas during 3-5 June.
The Air Force Weather Agency reported that low-level plumes were visible on satellite imagery during 1-4 June.

Sources: Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) via the Volcano Research Center, US Air Force Weather Agency
From: Global Volcanism Program, 2002. Report on Kikai. In: Mayberry, G (ed.), Weekly Volcanic Activity Report 5 June-11 June 2002. Smithsonian Institution and US Geological Survey.

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Kikai volcano
caldera 704 m / 2,310 ft
Ryukyu Islands (Japan), 30.79°N / 130.31°E
Current status: restless (2 out of 5) Kikai volcano eruptions:
2020, 2019, 2013, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2000-01, 2000, 1998-99, 1997, 1988, 1934-35, 1914 (?)
radiocarbon / tephrochronology dated: 1430 ± 75 years, 1340 ± 30, 1030 ± 40, 1010 ± 40, 750 AD (?), 390 AD ± 100, 280 BC ± 75, 1090 BC ± 100, 1830 BC ± 75, 2450 BC ± 1000, 3250 BC ± 75, 3250 BC ± 75
around 4350 BC: VEI 7 caldera-forming eruption, one of the largest on earth in 10,000 years, producing the Akahoya tephra
Typical eruption style
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