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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:

Kuchinoerabu-jima volcano (Ryukyu Islands, Japan) activity update: Minor eruption

Tuesday Oct 23, 2018 13:18 PM | BY: MJFLEGEND

JMA webcam view today. Credit: Japan Meteorological Agency
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.
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Links / Sources:
  • Earth of Fire: Volcano news from Bernard Duyck
  • GVP: Global volcano database by the Smithsonian Institute
Previous news
Evacuated Kuchinoerabu-jima island seen from Yakushima last summer (image: Peter Majtan)
Thursday, Jun 16, 2016
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]
Friday, Jun 19, 2015
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]
Tuesday, Jun 02, 2015
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]
Aerial image of the harbour area of Kuchinoerabujima island hit by the pyroclastic flow (JMA)
Sunday, May 31, 2015
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. ... [more]
Ash plumes from Kuchinoerabu-jima and Sakura-jima volcanoes today (MODIS Terra / NASA)
Friday, May 29, 2015
Two people have been reported injured, presumably burnt by pyroclastic surge, and were flown to a hospital in Yakushima island. ... [more]

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