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Report on Akan (Japan) — May 1990

Bulletin of the Global Volcanism Network, vol. 15, no. 5 (May 1990)
Managing Editor: Lindsay McClelland.

Akan (Japan) Vapor emission; increased seismicity

Please cite this report as:

Global Volcanism Program, 1990. Report on Akan (Japan). In: McClelland, L. (ed.), Bulletin of the Global Volcanism Network, 15:5. Smithsonian Institution. https://doi.org/10.5479/si.GVP.BGVN199005-285070.

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Akan

Japan

43.384°N, 144.013°E; summit elev. 1499 m

All times are local (unless otherwise noted)


The number of earthquakes . . . increased in late January and again in late February. Earthquakes had been gradually decreasing since a seismic high in September 1989 (figure 2). Seismicity again increased suddenly on 6 June then decreased through 8 June (the date of this report). Steady steam emission continued unchanged at the summit.

Figure (see Caption) Figure 2. Daily number of recorded earthquakes at Akan Caldera, 1973-June 1990 (top). Arrows mark eruptions. Detail showing daily recorded earthquakes, January 1989-June 1990 (bottom). Courtesy of JMA.

Geologic Background. Akan is a 13 x 24 km caldera located immediately SW of Kussharo caldera. The elongated, irregular outline of the caldera rim reflects its incremental formation during major explosive eruptions from the early to mid-Pleistocene. Growth of four post-caldera stratovolcanoes, three at the SW end of the caldera and the other at the NE side, has restricted the size of the caldera lake. Conical Oakandake was frequently active during the Holocene. The 1-km-wide Nakamachineshiri crater of Meakandake was formed during a major pumice-and-scoria eruption about 13,500 years ago. Within the Akan volcanic complex, only the Meakandake group, east of Lake Akan, has been historically active, producing mild phreatic eruptions since the beginning of the 19th century. Meakandake is composed of nine overlapping cones. The main cone of Meakandake proper has a triple crater at its summit. Historical eruptions at Meakandake have consisted of minor phreatic explosions, but four major magmatic eruptions including pyroclastic flows have occurred during the Holocene.

Information Contacts: JMA.