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Satellite image of Suwanose-jima volcano on 10 May 2017
Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Tokyo (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]
Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Explosive activity continues. On 8 May, Tokyo VAAC reported ash plumes that reached altitudes of 1-2.1 km (3,000-7,000 ft) a.s.l. and drifted N and SW. [more]

Suwanose-jima volcano

stratovolcano 799 m/ 2,621 ft
Ryukyu Islands, Japan, 29.64°N / 129.72°E
Current status: erupting (4 out of 5)
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Last update: 10 May 2017
Typical eruption style: explosive, strombolian
Suwanose-jima volcano eruptions: 2004 (Oct) - ongoing: intermittent strombolian-type activity
Since 1949: essentially continuous activity
2000 (Dec) - Jul 2004 (Jul): strombolian activity, 1999 (Jan-Feb, June), 1996 (Dec) - 1997 (Apr), 1949-96, 1940, 1938, 1934 (?), 1925, 1921-22, 1915 (?), 1914 (?), 1889, 1885, 1884, 1877, 1813-14 (sub-plinian Bunka eruption), around 1600 AD (large explosive eruption)
TimeMag. / DepthDistanceLocation
Sat, 20 May
Sat, 20 May 08:33 UTCM 2.5 / 55.3 km38 kmNEAR AMAMI-OSHIMA ISLAND
Sun, 14 May
Sun, 14 May 00:37 UTCM 2.8 / 3.9 km12 kmNEAR TOKARA ISLANDS
Sat, 13 May
Sat, 13 May 19:19 UTCM 2.6 / 9.7 km9 kmNEAR TOKARA ISLANDS
Mon, 8 May
Mon, 8 May 09:34 UTCM 2.8 / 91.2 km9 kmNEAR TOKARA ISLANDS
Sat, 6 May
Sat, 6 May 11:06 UTCM 3.0 / 77.1 km11 kmNEAR TOKARA ISLANDS
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Suwanose-jima (諏訪之瀬島) volcano is Japan's and one of the world's most active volcanoes. It has been in a state of near-continuous strombolian-type eruption since 1949.
The volcano forms the 8 km long spindle-shaped island of the same name in northern Ryuku Islands, Japan. The remote island is home to about 50 residents only.
Suwanose-jima consists of an andesitic stratovolcano with 2 historically active summit craters. Intermittent to continuous strombolian activity began from On-take (Otake), the NE summit crater, in 1949 and has been going on since. After 1996, occasional periods of inactivity have become more frequent.

Background:

The summit of Suwanose-jima volcano is truncated by a large breached crater extending to the sea on the east flank that was formed by edifice collapse.

The largest historical eruption took place in 1813-14, when thick scoria deposits blanketed residential areas, and the SW crater produced 2 lava flows that reached the western coast. At the end of the eruption the summit of On-take collapsed forming a large debris avalanche and creating the horseshoe-shaped Sakuchi caldera, which extends to the eastern coast. The island remained uninhabited for about 70 years after the 1813-1814 eruption. Lava flows reached the eastern coast of the island in 1884.
(Source: Smithsonian / GVP information)

1979-80 activity
A typical 2 year log of activity from Smithsonian's Monthy reports is presented here, illustrating the pulsating, but essentially persistant strombolian activity observed at Suwanose-jima volcano ...more

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