Kuchinoerabu-jima (口永良部島 本村西) volcano is one of the active volcanoes of the Ryukyu Island arc, Japan. The 4×12 km wide island is sparsely populated and located 15 km west of Yaku-shima.
All historic activity which consisted in frequent explosions recorded since 1840 took place from Shin-take, but there is a young, but undated lava flow from the south flank of Furu-take that reached the coast. The largest eruption in historic time occurred in December 1933 and caused damage in several villages located only a few km from the active crater.
Kuchinoerabu-jima volcano from satellite on 4 August (image: Sentinel 2)
The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) reported that an increase of volcano-tectonic earthquakes has been recorded. Today during at 00:00 and 10:00 local time the seismic station records 39 volcano-tectonic earthquakes. Explosive eruption is expected in the near future if activity at the volcano increases further. The warning bulletin states that ballistic impacts of volcanic bombs and pyroclastic flows could affect an area of about 2 km distance from the main crater. Source: Japan Meteorological Agency volcano activity update 5 August 2020
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The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) recorded at Shindake crater continuing emissions of steam and ash generated by the explosions which reached approx. 6,000 ft (1,828 m) altitude. …read all
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