The Volcano Adventure Guide: Excellent information and background for anyone wishing to visit active volcanoes safely and enjoyably. The book presents guidelines to visiting 42 different volcanoes around the world.
Kuchino-shima volcano is one of the active volcanic islands in the northern Ryukyu Islands in southern Japan. The small, 3x7 km wide island is located between the volcanic islands of Nakano-shima and Kuchinoerabu-jima and consists of 2 andesitic stratovolcanoes and a NW-SE-trending chain of lava domes.
There are 2 small villages on the northern end of the island, Nishinohama and Kuchino-shima.
Mae-dake is a lava dome that forms the highest point of the island. The last eruption of the volcano took place about 1200-1300 years ago and was dated by radiocarbon.
Volcanic crisis at Sakurajima - updates: A strong earthquake swarm and increased inflation were detected in August 2015 and triggered authorities to raise the alert level, as volcanologists think that a larger eruption could follow. News and updates on the events can be found on this page.
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