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Kuchinoerabu-jima volcano
stratovolcanoes 657 m / 2,155 ft
Ryukyu Islands, Japan, 30.44°N / 130.22°E
Current status: restless (2 out of 5)
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Kuchinoerabu-jima volcano eruptions:
2015, 2014, 1980, 1976, 1974, 1973, 1972, 1968-69, 1966, 1945, 1933-34, 1932 (?), 1931, 1914, 1906-07 (?), 1841, 1840
radiocarbon-dated: 1560 ± 100 years, 1470 ± 50, 1440 ± 50, 1110 ± 75, 1100 ± 100, 970 AD ± 75, 600 AD ± 75, 1140 BC ± 150, 1450 BC ± 75, 3480 BC ± 150, 9520 BC ± 300
Typical eruption style:
phreatic explosions
Last earthquakes nearby
Latest satellite images

Sentinel hub | Landsat 8

Kuchinoerabu-jima volcano news & activity updates:

Sat, 2 Feb 2019, 03:00
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Tokyo (VAAC) issued the following report: ...more [read all]
Tue, 29 Jan 2019, 18:15
Explosive activity continues. Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) Tokyo warned about a volcanic ash plume that rose up to estimated 16000 ft (4900 m) altitude or flight level 160 and is moving at 25 kts in E direction. ...more [read all]
Tue, 29 Jan 2019, 08:30
Satellite image of Kuchinoerabu-jima volcano on 29 Jan 2019
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Tokyo (VAAC) issued the following report: ...more [read all]
Sun, 20 Jan 2019, 12:15
Satellite image of Kuchinoerabu-jima volcano on 20 Jan 2019
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Tokyo (VAAC) issued the following report: ...more [read all]
Thu, 17 Jan 2019, 22:13
Close-up webcam image of the pyroclastic flow, which seems larger than it was in this view. Credit: Still image from JMA webcam.
Following renewed unrest and a minor eruption beginning last August, earlier today a more significant explosion occurred, sending ash to 20,000ft (6km) and generating a moderate pyroclastic flow which travelled 1.5km (~1 mile) down the southwest flank, though fortunately did not affect adjacent communities. No injuries have been reported and this event was smaller than the powerful explosion in 2015. JMA has kept the alert level at 3 (on a scale of 1-5).
The early part of the explosion. Credit: Still image from JMA webcam.
Thu, 17 Jan 2019, 00:30
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Tokyo (VAAC) issued the following report: ...more [read all]
Tue, 23 Oct 2018, 13:18
JMA webcam view today. Credit: Japan Meteorological Agency
A new and very small eruption is occurring, with ash plumes rising only a few thousand feet above sea level. This follows the unrest in August, when the Alert Level was raised to 4, as there were concerns about a repeat of the large explosion in 2015. This subsequently declined, the Alert Level dropped to 3, where it remains.
Thu, 16 Jun 2016, 11:27
Evacuated Kuchinoerabu-jima island seen from Yakushima last summer (image: Peter Majtan)
The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA), the official government body in charge of monitoring volcanoes, lowered the alert level for the island, after no more significant activity has occurred at the volcano since 19 June 2015 (i.e. almost one year). ...more [read all]
Fri, 19 Jun 2015, 11:05
Another eruption occurred from the Shindake crater shortly after noon on 18 June. It was not directly observed due to cloud cover and the island being evacuated, but sent out a clear explosion signal picked up on seismic stations. ...more
Tue, 2 Jun 2015, 15:54
An analysis of the erupted ash from 29 May confirms that the explosion was, as suspected, phreatomagmatic in origin, i.e. driven by the presence of new magma interacting with external water. ...more

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