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Nikko-Shirane volcano

shield volcano 2578 m / 8,458 ft
Honshu, Japan, 36.8°N / 139.38°E
Current status: dormant (1 out of 5)
Nikko-Shirane volcano books
Typical eruption style: phreatic eruptions
Nikko-Shirane volcano eruptions: 1890, 1889, 1873, 1872, 1871(?), 1649, 1625
TimeMag. / DepthDistanceLocation
Tue, 16 May
Tue, 16 May 14:48 UTCM 2.8 / 127.8 km1 kmTOCHIGI GUNMA BORDER
Tue, 25 Apr
Tue, 25 Apr 04:30 UTCM 2.5 / 142.2 km9 kmTOCHIGI GUNMA BORDER
Nikko-Shirane volcano is a small andesitic volcano located NW of scenic Lake Chuzenji in Nikko National Park. The volcano contains 4 lava domes sitting on top of a shield volcano (Keizuka-yama).
All historical eruptions, recorded during the 17th-20th centuries, were phreatic explosions from Shirane-san, the youngest lava dome.
Keizuka-yama shield volcano is composed of viscous lava flows with prominent levees. The geometry of these flows created scenic lakes to the north of the volcano.


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