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KIRISHIMA Kyushu 31.931°N, 130.864°E; summit elev. 1700 m
Based on notifications from JMA and pilot observations, the Tokyo VAAC reported that an eruption from Kirishima's Shinmoe-dake (Shinmoe peak) on 13 March produced ash plumes that rose to altitudes of 5.5-6.1 km (18,000-20,000 ft) a.s.l. Some plumes drifted E. According to news sources, people within 1.6 km evacuated and windows more than 6 km away shattered.
Geologic Summary. Kirishima is a large group of more than 20 Quaternary volcanoes located north of Kagoshima Bay. The late-Pleistocene to Holocene volcano group consists of stratovolcanoes, pyroclastic cones, maars, and underlying shield volcanoes located over an area of 20 x 30 km. The larger stratovolcanoes are scattered throughout the field, with the centrally located, 1,700-m-high Karakuni-dake being the highest. Onami-ike and Mi-ike, the two largest maars, are located SW of Karakuni-dake and at its far eastern end, respectively. Holocene eruptions have been concentrated along an E-W line of vents from Mi-ike to Ohachi, and at Shinmoe-dake to the NE. Frequent small-to-moderate explosive eruptions have been recorded since the 8th century.
Sources: Tokyo Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC), Daily Mail
Kirishima Information from the Global Volcanism Program
Originally posted by gaia.chi.au
do you have a link for a news report about this, not a youtube link? i've looked for news sources myself but cannot see anything posted yet
Originally posted by studio500
reply to post by Newbomb Turk
Cool NT confirmation is always good.
You may want to check your link though.
I really do think that this is one to watch as any volcano in a high activity area that starts spewing again has to be linked.
Well worth monitoring IMO.
Eruptions continue at Kirishima volcano, Japan. Since the eruption began in January, an estimated 80 million tons of ash have fallen over a wide area. There have been nine large explosions at Shinmoedake. A lava dome has formed in the crater and poses a risk of pyroclastic flows. The lava dome is 600 meters in diameter and 110 meters high. The eruptions are the largest in Japan since 2004 when December 2004, when Miyakejima volcano erupted south of Tokyo.