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Kirishima volcano
Shield volcano 1700 m / 5,577 f
Kyushu, Japan, 31.93°N / 130.86°E
Current status: erupting (4 out of 5)
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Kirishima volcano eruptions:
2017, 2011, 2008, 1992, 1979, 1971, 1959, 1946(?), 1923, 1914, 1913-14, 1903, 1899-1900, 1898, 1898, 1897, 1896, 1895-96, 1894, 1891, 1889, 1888, 1887, 1880, 1832, 1822, 1771-72, 1769, 1768, 1719, 1717, 1716-17, 1716, 1706, 1690, 1678, 1677, 1667(?), 1662-64, 1659-61, 1637-38, 1628, 1620, 1615-18, 1613-14, 1598-1600, 1596?, 1595, 1588, 1587, 1585, 1576-78, 1574, 1566, 1566, 1554, 1524, 1381, 1235, 1184, 1175(?), 1167, 1113, 1112, 945, 858, 857, 843-48, 837-39, 788, 742
Typical eruption style:
Explosive
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Kirishima volcano news & activity updates

Mon, 29 Feb 2016, 18:40
Evolution of the fumarole field of Iwo crater between Dec 2015 and Feb 2016 (JMA)
A "near-crater" warning was issued for the volcano by JMA (Japan Meteorological Agency), in particular for the Iwo crater where an increase in seismic activity, fumarole temperatures and degassing (including poisonous H2S) in an area about 100x100 m wide has been observed over the past months. ...more
Wed, 16 Dec 2015, 11:01
Thermal imagery and photo of the new fumarole field at Kirishima (JMA)
New fumaroles have been detected on the SW flank of the Iozan Ebino crater and a strong sulfur smell was reported. ...more
Tue, 28 Jul 2015, 10:26
Elevated seismic activity has been recorded since early July, the Japan Meterological Agency (JMA) reported. Yesterday, a phase of volcanic tremor occurred that lasted 3 minutes and a slight ground deformation was detected. ...more
Sat, 25 Oct 2014, 15:28
The Japan Meteorological Agency issued a "near crater warning" for the Shinmoedake vent of Kirishima volcano last Friday. Increased earthquake activity were detected and mean an increased risk of a possible (probably phreatic) explosions. ...more [read all]
Wed, 22 Jan 2014, 17:26
The alert level of the volcano was lowered back to 1, as volcanic activity continued to decrease. Volcanic seismicity remained at low levels and no remarkable change was observed from ground deformation observation and monitoring data. ...more [read all]
Sat, 15 Dec 2012, 11:05
No eruptions were observed at Shinmoedake since 7 September 2011 (last explosion on 1 March). Overall, the volcano's activity (seismicity, deformation, degassing) has been decreasing, JMA's November volcano activity summary reports: ...more [read all]
Mon, 30 Jul 2012, 10:30
As our colleague Marc Szlegat reported on Vulkane.Net, the alert level of the Japanese Kirishima volcano (Kirishimayama) was raised last month"orange". This is the third out of 4 warning levels and means that an eruption could occur any time. ...more
Sun, 13 Mar 2011, 22:37
Kirishima volcano near Kagoshima town on Kyushu Island exploded violently earlier today (13 March), sending an ash plume to 4 km elevation. This is the first significant activity since March 1. It can not be ruled out, but probably remains speculation that the violent 8.9 magnitude earthquake on 11 March played a role in the reawakening of Kirishima.
Fri, 4 Feb 2011, 07:01
Over the past days, Kirishima's overall intensity of the eruption seems decreasing. Kirishima continues to grow its lava dome and produce small to moderate vulcanian-type explosions at rates of 5-10 per day. Strong pressure waves were accompanying the explosions and could be felt in Kirishima town. People are alerted not to approach the volcano in a radius of 4 km because of the risk of falling bombs. ...more
Wed, 2 Feb 2011, 10:27
Another powerful vulcanian explosion from the new lava dome occured today at 15:54 pm. Ash reached an elevation of 15,000 ft (ca. 5 km) and an aviation warning was issued by VAAC Tokyo. ...more

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