Report on Asosan (Japan) — June 1994
Bulletin of the Global Volcanism Network, vol. 19, no. 6 (June 1994)
Managing Editor: Richard Wunderman.
Asosan (Japan) Volcanic tremor; water ejections from pond in crater floor
Please cite this report as:
Global Volcanism Program, 1994. Report on Asosan (Japan). In: Wunderman, R. (ed.), Bulletin of the Global Volcanism Network, 19:6. Smithsonian Institution. https://doi.org/10.5479/si.GVP.BGVN199406-282110.
32.884°N, 131.104°E; summit elev. 1592 m
All times are local (unless otherwise noted)
Crater 1 remained restless through June after a mud ejection on 2 May. The floor of the crater has been covered by a pool of water, but frequent water ejections have been noted during daily observations from the crater rim. Continuous tremor was registered at the seismic station 800 m W of the crater. During May, average tremor amplitude was around 0.2 µm. However, in early June, the amplitude increased suddenly. Continuous tremor became intermittent from 7 to 21 June, and isolated tremor occurred with a maximum amplitude >6 µm.
Geologic Background. The 24-km-wide Asosan caldera was formed during four major explosive eruptions from 300,000 to 90,000 years ago. These produced voluminous pyroclastic flows that covered much of Kyushu. The last of these, the Aso-4 eruption, produced more than 600 km3 of airfall tephra and pyroclastic-flow deposits. A group of 17 central cones was constructed in the middle of the caldera, one of which, Nakadake, is one of Japan's most active volcanoes. It was the location of Japan's first documented historical eruption in 553 CE. The Nakadake complex has remained active throughout the Holocene. Several other cones have been active during the Holocene, including the Kometsuka scoria cone as recently as about 210 CE. Historical eruptions have largely consisted of basaltic to basaltic-andesite ash emission with periodic strombolian and phreatomagmatic activity. The summit crater of Nakadake is accessible by toll road and cable car, and is one of Kyushu's most popular tourist destinations.
Information Contacts: JMA.