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Kuchinoshima

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  • Japan
  • Japan, Taiwan, Marianas
  • Stratovolcano(es)
  • 1190 CE
  • Country
  • Volcanic Region
  • Primary Volcano Type
  • Last Known Eruption
  • 29.968°N
  • 129.926°E

  • 628 m
    2060 ft

  • 282043
  • Latitude
  • Longitude

  • Summit
    Elevation

  • Volcano
    Number

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This compilation of synonyms and subsidiary features may not be comprehensive. Features are organized into four major categories: Cones, Craters, Domes, and Thermal Features. Synonyms of features appear indented below the primary name. In some cases additional feature type, elevation, or location details are provided.

Eruptive History

There is data available for 4 Holocene eruptive periods.

Start Date Stop Date Eruption Certainty VEI Evidence Activity Area or Unit
1190 ± 40 years Unknown Confirmed   Radiocarbon (corrected)
0750 ± 50 years Unknown Confirmed   Radiocarbon (corrected)
0900 BCE (?) Unknown Confirmed   Radiocarbon (uncorrected)
6750 BCE ± 50 years Unknown Confirmed   Radiocarbon (corrected) Yoko-dake, Mae-dake
Deformation History

There is no Deformation History data available for Kuchinoshima.

Emission History

There is no Emissions History data available for Kuchinoshima.

Photo Gallery

Kuchino-shima, the small island at the upper right, lies in the northern Ryukyu Islands between the islands of Nakano-shima (left) and Kuchinoerabu-jima. The 3 x 7 km wide island of Kuchino-shima, seen in an aerial perspective from the SE in this computer-generated graphic image, consists of two stratovolcanoes and a NW-SE-trending chain of lava domes. The highest point on the island is 628 m above sea level. The last dated eruption at Kuchino-shima took place about 2850 years ago.

Photo courtesy of Bird's-Eye Japan (http://www.medianetjapan.com/2/town/internet_computer/birds/).
See title for photo information.
The elongated Kuchino-shima consists of two andesitic stratovolcanoes and a NW-SE-trending chain of lava domes. It is seen here from the NE; two small villages, Nishinohama and Kuchino-shima, lie at the northern end of the mostly uninhabited island. The island consists of two andesitic stratovolcanoes and a NW-SE-trending chain of lava domes. The compound 628-m-high Mae-dake lava dome (left-center) forms the highest point on the 3 x 7 km wide island.

Copyrighted photo by Shun Nakano, 2005 (Japanese Quaternary Volcanoes database, RIODB, http://riodb02.ibase.aist.go.jp/strata/VOL_JP/EN/index.htm and Geol Surv Japan, AIST, http://www.gsj.jp/).
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Sharp-topped Mae-dake lava dome, the highest point on Kuchino-shima, was formed during the last magmatic eruption on the island between the 8th and 13th centuries.

Copyrighted photo by Shun Nakano, 2005 (Japanese Quaternary Volcanoes database, RIODB, http://riodb02.ibase.aist.go.jp/strata/VOL_JP/EN/index.htm and Geol Surv Japan, AIST, http://www.gsj.jp/).
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The sharp-topped peak in the center is 628-m-high Mae-dake lava dome, which rises above the eastern coast of Kuchino-shima and forms the high point of the island. Flat-topped Yoko-dake peak lies at the upper right. Kuchino-shima, a mostly uninhabited island, lies in the northern Ryukyu Islands between the volcanic islands of Nakano-shima and Kuchinoerabu-jima. It consists of two andesitic stratovolcanoes and a NW-SE-trending chain of lava domes.

Copyrighted photo by Shun Nakano, 2005 (Japanese Quaternary Volcanoes database, RIODB, http://riodb02.ibase.aist.go.jp/strata/VOL_JP/EN/index.htm and Geol Surv Japan, AIST, http://www.gsj.jp/).
See title for photo information.
GVP Map Holdings

The maps shown below have been scanned from the GVP map archives and include the volcano on this page. Clicking on the small images will load the full 300 dpi map. Very small-scale maps (such as world maps) are not included. The maps database originated over 30 years ago, but was only recently updated and connected to our main database. We welcome users to tell us if they see incorrect information or other problems with the maps; please use the Contact GVP link at the bottom of the page to send us email.

Title: Computer Generated Geologic Map of Japan
Publisher: Geological Survey of Japan
Country: Japan
Year: 1990
Series: No 22
Map Type: Geology
Scale: 1:2,000,000
Map of Computer Generated Geologic Map of Japan
Title: Japan
Publisher: DMA Aerospace Center
Country: Japan
Year: 1988
Series: TPC
Map Type: Topographic
Scale: 1:500,000
Map of Japan
Title: (C) Q Maps of Japan Landforms, Geol, Tect: SWest
Publisher: Univ of Tokyo Press & Japan Association for Quaternary Research
Country: Japan
Year: 1987
Map Type: Geology
Scale: 1:1,000,000
Map of (C) Q Maps of Japan Landforms, Geol, Tect: SWest
Title: Eastern Part of Tokara Gunto
Publisher: Maritime Safety Agency
Country: Japan
Year: 1984
Map Type: Bathymetric
Scale: 1:200,000
Map of Eastern Part of Tokara Gunto
Title: Historical Japan
Publisher: National Geographic Society
Country: Japan
Year: 1984
Series: National Geographic
Map Type: Geographic
Scale: 1:2,982,000
Map of Historical Japan
Title: Japan
Publisher: DMA Aerospace Center
Country: Japan
Year: 1984
Series: ONC
Map Type: Topographic
Scale: 1:1,000,000
Map of Japan
Title: Geol Map of Japan/ Geol Atlas
Publisher: Geol Survey of Japan
Country: Japan
Year: 1982
Map Type: Geology
Scale: 1:1,000,000
Map of Geol Map of Japan/ Geol Atlas
Title: South Japan
Publisher: Geographical Survey Institute of Japan
Country: Japan
Year: 1980
Map Type: Topographic
Scale: 1:1,000,000
Map of South Japan
Title: South Japan
Publisher: Geographical Survey Institute of Japan
Country: Japan
Year: 1980
Map Type: Topographic
Scale: 1:1,000,000
Map of South Japan
Title: South Japan
Publisher: Geographical Survey Institute of Japan
Country: Japan
Year: 1980
Series: CIM 1:1 mil
Map Type: Topographic
Scale: 1:1,000,000
Map of South Japan
Title: Geological Map of Japan
Publisher: Geological Survey of Japan
Country: Japan
Year: 1978
Map Type: Geology
Scale: 1:1,000,000
Map of Geological Map of Japan
Title: Geological Map of Japan
Publisher: Geological Survey of Japan
Country: Japan
Year: 1978
Map Type: Geology
Scale: 1:1,000,000
Map of Geological Map of Japan
Title: Vicinity of Yakusima
Publisher: Maritime Safety Agency
Country: Japan
Year: 1976
Map Type: Bathymetric
Scale: 1:200,000
Map of Vicinity of Yakusima
Title: Distribution Map of Hot Springs in Japan
Publisher: Geological Survey of Japan
Country: Japan
Year: 1975
Series: 1:2,000,000
Map Type: Unknown
Scale: 1:2,000,000
Map of Distribution Map of Hot Springs in Japan
Title: Kuchino-shima
Publisher: Geographical Survey Institute of Japan
Country: Japan
Year: 1974
Map Type: Topographic
Scale: 1:25,000
Map of Kuchino-shima
Title: (Japanese) Geol map of Japan
Publisher: Geographical Survey Institute of Japan
Country: Japan
Year: 1974
Series: from Natl Atlas Japan
Map Type: Geology
Scale: 1:2,500,000
Map of (Japanese) Geol map of Japan
Title: Landform Classification
Publisher: Geographical Survey Institute of Japan
Country: Japan
Year: 1972
Series: from Natl Atlas Japan
Map Type: Unknown (Land)
Scale: 1:2,500,000
Map of Landform Classification
Title: Land Use
Publisher: Geographical Survey Institute of Japan
Country: Japan
Year: 1972
Series: from Natl Atlas Japan
Map Type: Unknown (Land)
Scale: 1:2,500,000
Map of Land Use
Title: Population Distribution
Publisher: Geographical Survey Institute of Japan
Country: Japan
Year: 1972
Series: from Natl Atlas Japan
Map Type: Unknown
Scale: 1:2,500,000
Map of Population Distribution
Title: River Systems
Publisher: Geographical Survey Institute of Japan
Country: Japan
Year: 1972
Series: from Natl Atlas Japan
Map Type: Unknown
Scale: 1:2,500,000
Map of River Systems
Title: Tokara-Gunto
Publisher: US Army Map Service
Country: Japan
Year: 1952
Series: AMS
Map Type: Topographic
Scale: 1:250,000
Map of Tokara-Gunto
Title: Kusagaki-Jima
Publisher: US Army Map Service
Country: Japan
Year: 1952
Series: AMS
Map Type: Topographic
Scale: 1:250,000
Map of Kusagaki-Jima
Title: Kagoshima
Publisher: US Army Map Service
Country: Japan
Year: 1945
Series: AMS
Map Type: Topographic
Scale: 1:1,000,000
Map of Kagoshima
Smithsonian Sample Collections Database

There are no samples for Kuchinoshima in the Smithsonian's NMNH Department of Mineral Sciences Rock and Ore collection.

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