Nishino-shima volcano news & activity updates:

Nishino-shima volcano (Japan): old island has disappeared under fresh lava

Sat, 11 Oct 2014, 21:37
21:37 PM | BY: T
Landsat 8 satellite image showing the Nishino-shima island on 8 Oct; white lines=contour of old island now covered by fresh lava flows (annotation: Culture Volcan)
Landsat 8 satellite image showing the Nishino-shima island on 8 Oct; white lines=contour of old island now covered by fresh lava flows (annotation: Culture Volcan)
The volcanic eruption on the remote island continues. A recent satellite image that the lava flows from the active vent(s) have now covered the older part of the island, the original tiny Nishino-Shima island.
The ongoing eruption had started as a submarine eruption almost one year ago, when it built a second island to the SE of the existing one. In early January this year, the growing new island had merged with the old one, and has been growing in size ever since.
Culture Volcan Blog posted the attached Landsat 8 photo from 8 Oct which shows that the old Nishino-Shima island has now disappeared under fresh lava flows.
Since late June-early July, the lava flows had been spreading northwards, covering more and more of the older land.
The surface of Japan's newest land is approximately 6 square km.

Previous news

Fri, 12 Sep 2014, 12:56
Comparision of satellite images from 21 Aug and 6 Sep, showing the active lava flows (images: GSI/AIST, annotations: Culture Volcan)
Lava flows continue to be active and enlarge the growing island. During the past weeks, these have contributed to the growth of a platform towards the north of the active vents. ... Read all
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