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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)
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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
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Kirishima volcano news & activity updates

Kirishima volcano (Kyushu, Japan): intense ash emissions

Tue, 6 Mar 2018, 00:21
00:21 AM | BY: T
Ash emissions from Kirishima volcano this morning (JMA webcam)
Ash emissions from Kirishima volcano this morning (JMA webcam)
The volcano's activity is currently elevated. Near-continuous ash emissions and ejections of very hot material (probably fresh lava) from the Shinmoedake crater started again after a period of intermittent activity the previous days.
The volcano resumed its activity on 1 March, after having paused only since Oct 2017.
Previous news
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. read all
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. read all
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. read all
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. ... read all

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