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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)
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Kikai volcano eruptions:
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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Kikai volcano news & activity updates:

Kikai volcano (Ryukyu Islands, Japan): weekly volcanic activity report 30 October-5 November 2019

Thursday Nov 07, 2019 06:44 AM | BY: MARTIN

Kikai volcano on 5 November (image: JMA)
Kikai volcano on 5 November (image: JMA)
JMA recorded an eruption at Satsuma Iwo-jima (subaerial part of Kikai’s northwestern caldera rim) that was detected at 17:35 on 2 November.
A grayish-white plume rose 1 km above the Iodake crater rim. The report noted that the number of volcanic earthquakes has been low, with no variations before or after the event.
The next day during an overflight conducted by the Coast Guard and the Japan Meteorological Agency Mobile Survey Team (JMA-MOT) observers noted no changes to the geothermal field and no new deposits from the event the day before. Views of the crater were obscured by white plumes rising 300 m above the crater rim.
JMA raised the alert level to 2 (on a 5-level scale).
Source: Smithsonian / USGS Weekly Volcanic Activity Report 30 October-5 November 2019
Previous news
Plume from Kikai on Aqua satellite image at  04h05 UTC (NASA, via Blog Culture Volcan)
Wednesday, Jun 05, 2013
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. ... [more]
Thursday, Dec 20, 2012
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. ... [more]

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