Yokoate-jima volcano

stratovolcanoes 495 m / 1,624 ft
Ryukyu Islands, Japan, 28.8°N / 129°E
Current status: normal or dormant (1 out of 5)

Yokoate-jima volcano forms the small, 3.5-km-long island with the same name and is located NW of Amami Oshima Island at the SW end of the Tokara island chain.
The only known historic eruption was in the first half of the 19th century.

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Typical eruption style: explosive
Yokoate-jima volcano eruptions: 1835 ± 30 years

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from: Smithsonian / GVP volcano information
Two peaks, Higashimine on the east and Nishimine on the west, form the andesitic volcano. The 495-m-high Higashimine, the high point of the island, has a steep-walled, well-preserved summit crater. An arcuate ridge east of Yokoate-jima appears to be part of 7 x 10 km wide submarine caldera, with Yokoate-jima and Kannone-jima (NNE of Yokoate-jima) being post-caldera cones (Nakano et al., 2001-). Yokoate-sho (Yokoate Reef) and Kannone Kaikyu (Kannone Knoll) lie to NNW and NE of Yokoate-jima, respectively. Historical documents at the end of the Edo Period mention ash plumes from Yokoate-jima.

Nakano S, Yamamoto T, Iwaya T, Itoh J, Takada A, 2001-. Quaternary Volcanoes of Japan. Geol Surv Japan, AIST, www.aist.go.jp/RIODB/strata/VOL_JP/


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