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Satsuma-Iwo-jima (Kikai) volcano (Japan): new activity

Wed, 5 Jun 2013, 14:52
14:52 PM | BY: T
Plume from Kikai on Aqua satellite image at  04h05 UTC (NASA, via Blog Culture Volcan)
Plume from Kikai on Aqua satellite image at 04h05 UTC (NASA, via Blog Culture Volcan)
New activity seems to have started from Satsuma-Iwo-jima (Kikai) volcano. A steam / gas and possibly ash-containing plume has been observed on satellite images and a thermal anomaly was visible on recent MODIS satellite data. On yesterday morning's NASA Aqua satellite image, the plume from the volcano was about 70 km long to the SW. A thermal anomaly was visible already on images from 23 May.
Kikai south of Kyushu island it is the northernmost of the volcanic Ryukyu island chain that stretches between Japan and Taiwan.

Previous news

Wed, 29 May 2013, 06:00

Kikai volcano (Japan) - Smithsonian / USGS Weekly Volcanic Activity Report for 29 May-4 June 2013 (New Activity / Unrest)

Based on information from JMA, the Tokyo VAAC reported that on 4 June an ash plume from Kikai drifted W. ... Read all
Thu, 20 Dec 2012, 11:05

Kikai volcano (Ryukyu Islands, Japan) activity update: steaming at summit crater of Iodake, occasional weak glows

Plume activity at the Iodake summit crater has remained at relatively low levels since the middle of 2009, and white plumes rose to a heights of up to 400 m above the crater rim during the reporting period. Weak volcanic glows were recorded at night with a high-sensitivity camera on November 6th and 22nd to 24th. ... Read all
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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
explosive
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