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Kirishima volcano
Shield volcano 1700 m / 5,577 f
Kyushu, Japan, 31.93°N / 130.86°E
Current status: restless (2 out of 5) Kirishima volcano eruptions:
2018, 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

Kirishima volcano news & activity updates

Kirishima volcano in Kyushu, Japan on high alert level

Mon, 30 Jul 2012, 10:30
10:30 AM | BY: T
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.
Last year in March, the Shinmoedake crater of the complex volcano Kirishima had a violent eruption that make the headlines. The volcano is located close to the other volcano currently on orange alert in Kyushu, Sakura-jima, which last week had a stronger explosion that caused ashfall in the nearby city of Kagoshima.
Previous news
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. ... read all
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. read all
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. read all
Tue, 1 Feb 2011, 23:51
Kirishima volcano had a strong explosion from the lava dome on 31 January. Windows were shattered by the pressure wave up to 8 km away, and bombs landed up to 2 km distance. Authorities have extended the exclusion zone to 4 km from the crater as new explosions can occur any time. read all
Tue, 1 Feb 2011, 08:36
The new lava dome inside Kirishima's Shinmoe-dake crater seen on 31 Jan 2011 and an infrared image showing the hot central part of the dome (Source:Japan Meteorological Agency - http://www.seisvol.kishou.go.jp/tokyo/volcano.html)
The lava dome inside Kirishima's crater is growing at a fast rate. Judging from areal photos, it now more than 500 m wide and well under way of soon over-spilling the Shinmoe-dake crater. If this happens, pyroclastic flows will likely be generated and could threaten nearby areas; although explosive activity has calmed down a lot, large explosions could occur any time. For this reason Japanese authorities have extended the exclusion zone from 2 to 3 km, and evacuated more than 600 residents of the town of Takaharu located on the eastern slope of Kirishima volcano. read all

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