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Kuchinoerabu-jima volcano
stratovolcanoes 657 m / 2,155 ft
Ryukyu Islands, Japan, 30.44°N / 130.22°E
Current status: minor activity or eruption warning (3 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
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Kuchinoerabu-jima volcano news & activity updates:

Shindake volcano (Kuchinoerabu-jima island, Japan): alert level lowered

Thu, 16 Jun 2016, 11:27
11:27 AM | BY: T
Evacuated Kuchinoerabu-jima island seen from Yakushima last summer (image: Peter Majtan)
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).
Current level was lowered from the second highest on the scale (4: "prepare for evacuation") to now 3 ("Do not approach the volcano").
The violent eruption of Mount Shindake volcano on 29 May last year triggered the evacuation of the 118 residents of the small island to neighboring Yakushima Island. The evacuation order was lifted in December last year, allowing the villagers to return to their island.
While it cannot be ruled out that small-scale eruptions occur again from the volcano, it is not expected to affect areas more than 2 km away from the crater.
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Previous news
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. read all
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. read all
Sun, 31 May 2015, 01:11
Aerial image of the harbour area of Kuchinoerabujima island hit by the pyroclastic flow (JMA)
So far, the volcano has remained calm so far, although a new explosion remains a possibility and the highest alert level 5 (evacuation) remains in place. ... read all
Fri, 29 May 2015, 06:34
Ash plumes from Kuchinoerabu-jima and Sakura-jima volcanoes today (MODIS Terra / NASA)
Two people have been reported injured, presumably burnt by pyroclastic surge, and were flown to a hospital in Yakushima island. ... read all
Fri, 29 May 2015, 03:57
Ash plume and pyroclastic flow from the eruption of Kuchinoerabujima this morning
A powerful vulcanian explosion occurred this morning at 11:02 am local time at the volcano. The eruption - a both vertical and partially lateral massive explosion, occurred with apparently little warning from the Shintake vent and produced large pyroclastic flows by column collapse. A tall mushroom ash plume quickly rose to approx. 12 km altitude (36,000 ft). ... read all
 

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