Nishino-shima volcano news & activity updates:

Nishino-Shima volcano (Izu Islands, Japan): island has doubled in elevation

Fri, 21 Feb 2014, 13:38
13:38 PM | BY: T
Aerial view of Nishinoshima on 16 Feb 2014 (Japan Coast Guard)
Aerial view of Nishinoshima on 16 Feb 2014 (Japan Coast Guard)
Direction of lava flows from the active vents
Direction of lava flows from the active vents
Current outline (red) of the island compared to previous stages
Current outline (red) of the island compared to previous stages
The island continues to grow by progressing lava flows into several directions, as the latest images by the Japanese Coast Guard from 16 Feb show. Its highest peak, formed by the western of the 2 active vents, was measured at 66 m, i.e. it now reached almost twice the height of the peak of the old island. The new addition has more than doubled the size of the island so far.
It also formed a black-sand beach on the NE shore of the old part, as a result of lava fragments washed up by currents and waves.

Previous news

Wed, 5 Feb 2014, 11:12
Nishino-Shima island on 3 Feb. For comparison, the previous shorelines on 20 Jan (yellow) and 21 Nov past year (white). (Image: Japanese Coast Guard)
New images from an overflight on 3 February confirm that the activity on the former new island continues steadily. Over the past weeks, the vent has been feeding several active lava flow fronts, that enlarged the land covered by new lava in more or less all directions. ... Read all
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