Kusatsu-Shirane volcano news & activity updates:
Kusatsu-Shirane volcano (Honshu, Japan): activity remains elevated
Tuesday Mar 10, 2020 10:00 AM | BY: MARTIN
Kusatsu-Shirane volcano from satellite (image: Sentinel 2)The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) reported that the activity of the volcano continues at moderately high levels.
Seismicity remained elevated since September 2019. The seismic station recorded 6 volcano-tectonic earthquakes.
An eruption can occur approx. 1 km from the crater.
No significant change in the fumarolic plumes was observed.
The warning bulletin states that ballistic impacts of volcanic bombs and pyroclastic flows could affect an area of about 1 km distance from the Yugama crater.
Source: Japan Meteorological Agency volcano activity update 10 March 2020
Kusatsu-Shirane volcano (Japan): short, but violent explosive eruption with no warning, one fatality
Wednesday, Jan 24, 2018
An unexpected, relatively intense but short-lived explosive eruption occurred yesterday at the volcano, which is home to a popular ski resort. Tragically, the eruption triggered an avalanche that killed one person and ballistic projectiles wounded several others who were near the vent at the time of the explosion. ... [more]
Thursday, Aug 21, 2014
JMA reported that during 8-15 August volcanic earthquakes continued at Kusatsu-Shiranesan’s crater, although they had decreased from early August and tremor was absent. The Alert Level remains at 2 (on a scale of 1-5). ... [more]
Thursday, Jul 03, 2014
JMA reported that deformation of Kusatsu-Shiranesan’s crater and the elevated temperatures which began earlier in March, continued during 25-30 June. ... [more]