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Kirishima Volcano, Japan

 Kirishima Volcano, Japan, Volcano photo


Kirishima Volcano, Japan

Sharp-peaked Takachiho-mine (center) is the 2nd highest peak of the Kirishima volcanic complex.

It is flanked on the east (right) by Ohachi, with its broad summit crater.

Madu-dake is the grass-covered cone at the far right.

Kirishima is a large group of more than 20 Quaternary volcanoes that is the centerpiece of Kirishima National Park, located north of Kagoshima Bay.

The late-Pleistocene to Holocene group of stratovolcanoes, pyroclastic cones, maars, and underlying shield volcanoes occupies an area of 20 x 30 km.

Kirishima is a large group of more than 20 Quaternary volcanoes located north of Kagoshima Bay.

The late-Pleistocene to Holocene dominantly andesitic 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, 1700-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.

PHOTO SOURCE: Ichio Moriya (Kanazawa University), courtesy of the Global Volcanism Program, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, used with permission.


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