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Tuesday, Mar 12, 2019
JMA has raised the alert level to 2 on a scale of 1-5 after an increase in gas emissions in February and now increasing seismicity. This is the first significant activity since the powerful explosion in October 2016. [more]
Monday, Mar 11, 2019
Explosive activity continues. Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) Tokyo warned about a volcanic ash plume that rose up to estimated 7000 ft (2100 m) altitude or flight level 070 and is moving at 30 kts in E direction. ... [more]
 

Volcanoes of Kyushu (9 volcanoes)

Aso| Fukue-jima| Ibusuku | Kirishima| Kuju| Sakurajima| Sumiyoshi-ike | Tsurumi| Unzen
Aso
(caldera)
The huge Aso caldera seen from space: 25 by 18 km in size, it was created by at least 4 huge eruptions between 270 to 90 thousand years ago (image: NASA Earth Observatory)Aso volcano in central Kyushu Island in southwestern Japan is one of the world's most active volcanoes. In recent years, it has been the site of frequent ash eruptions.
Aso is no single edifice, but a complex of active vents in the center of a large 24 km wide caldera. [more]

Fukue-jima
(shield volcanoes)
Fukue-jima volcano is a group of basaltic shield volcanoes and cinder cones on Fukue island off the western coast of Kyushu, Japan.
The volcanoes are 900,000 years old and last erupted about 2-3000 years ago. They are considered to be active.
The On-dake cinder cone f... [more]

Ibusuku
(calderas)
Ibusuki volcano is a group of calderas, central cones and maars at the southern tip of Kyushu Island, Japan. Although the last eruption dates back to the 9th century, it is an active volcano.
It contains the 4.5-km-wide Ikeda-ko caldera, which formed about 4600 years ago, a... [more]

Kirishima
(Shield volcano)
Kirishima (新燃岳 in Japanese), one of Japan's most active volcanoes. It is actually a group of 18 young, small stratovolcanoes north of Kagoshima Bay: Takachihonomine, Nakadake, Ohatayama, Karakunidake, Tairoike, Ohachi, and Shinmoedake are the principal vents.
Historic erupt... [more]

Kuju
(stratovolcanoes)
Kuju volcano is a group of active stratovolcanoes and lava domes in the northeastern corner of the large Aso caldera in central Kyushu, Japan.
Its historic eruptions recorded in the 17th and 18th century and as recently as 1995 were phreatic or hydrothermal explosions, caus... [more]

Sakurajima
(stratovolcano)
Sakurajima (also spelled Sakurashima or Sakura-jima, 桜島 in Japanese) volcano in southern Kyushu is one of the most active volcanoes in the world, and one of the few that are at present in constant (persistant) activity. Its ongoing typical activity range from strong strombolian t... [more]

Sumiyoshi-ike
(maars)
Sumiyoshi-ike volcano refers to 2 maars 2 km apart located in the coastal lowland north of the Aira caldera: Sumiyoshi-ike (500 m diameter) and Yonemaru (1.2 km).
The maars erupted when sea level was rising about 8,000 years ago (Sumiyoshi-ike) and 6500 years ago (Yonemaru)... [more]

Tsurumi
(lava domes)
Tsurumi volcano is a group of lava domes near the hot spring resort city of Beppu, Honshu Island, Japan.
The main features are 2 large domes called Tsurumi (1374 m) and Yufu (1584 m) on the east and west end of the complex.
Only a single eruption, from Tsurumi in 867... [more]

Unzen
(stratovolcano)
Unzen Volcano (雲仙岳 in Japanese), located on the Island of Kyushu about 40 kilometers east of Nagasaki city, is one of Japan's most active and dangerous volcanoes. [more]
 

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