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  • 32.458°N
  • 139.759°E

  • 423 m
    1387 ft

  • 284060
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Basic Data

Volcano Number

Last Known Eruption



1785 CE

423 m / 1387 ft


Volcano Types

Pyroclastic cone(s)

Rock Types

Basalt / Picro-Basalt
Andesite / Basaltic Andesite

Tectonic Setting

Subduction zone
Oceanic crust (< 15 km)


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Within 10 km
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Geological Summary

The small 2.5 x 3.5 km dominantly basaltic island of Aogashima is surrounded by steep cliffs and contains a small 1.7 x 1.5-km-wide caldera. Two pyroclastic cones were formed inside the caldera during the latest eruption from 1780 to 1785. Growth of the volcano began with construction of the Kurosaki stratovolcano in the NW part of the island, after which the main stratovolcano began growing in the SE. Both summit and flank vents produced pyroclastic surges and lava flows. Late in the construction of the main cone a 1-1.5 km crater was formed on the SE flank. About 3000 years ago pyroclastic surges swept over the entire island. During about the next 600 years, lava flows and scoria deposits filled the SE crater, which also collapsed repeatedly. The current Ikenosawa crater was considered by Takada et al. (1992) to have formed by ring collapse at the time of a debris avalanche, after which the volcano was quiescent until the eruptions of historical time.


The following references have all been used during the compilation of data for this volcano, it is not a comprehensive bibliography.

Japan Meteorological Agency, 1996. National Catalogue of the Active Volcanoes in Japan (second edition). Tokyo: Japan Meteorological Agency, 502 p (in Japanese).

Japan Meteorological Agency, 2013. National Catalogue of the Active Volcanoes in Japan (fourth edition, English version). Japan Meteorological Agency.

Kudo T, Hoshizumi H, 2006-. Catalog of eruptive events within the last 10,000 years in Japan, database of Japanese active volcanoes. Geol Surv Japan, AIST,

Kuno H, 1962. Japan, Taiwan and Marianas. Catalog of Active Volcanoes of the World and Solfatara Fields, Rome: IAVCEI, 11: 1-332.

Nakano S, Yamamoto T, Iwaya T, Itoh J, Takada A, 2001-. Quaternary Volcanoes of Japan. Geol Surv Japan, AIST,

Takada A, Murakami F, Yuasa M, 1994. Geological maps of Aogashima volcano and submarine volcanoes south of Izu Islands. Geol Surv Japan, 1:10,000 geologic map.

Takada A, Oshima O, Aramaki S, Ono K, Yoshida T, Kajima K, 1992. Geology of Aogashima volcano, Izu Islands, Japan. Bull Volc Soc Japan (Kazan), 37: 233-250.

Eruptive History

Summary of Holocene eruption dates and Volcanic Explosivity Indices (VEI).

Start Date Stop Date Eruption Certainty VEI Evidence Activity Area or Unit
1780 Jul 27 1785 May (?) Confirmed 3 Historical Observations Maru-yama, SW part of Ikenosawa crater
1670 1680 Confirmed 2 Historical Observations Ikenosawa crater
1652 Unknown Confirmed 3 Historical Observations Ikenosawa crater
0600 BCE ± 200 years Unknown Confirmed 4 Radiocarbon (uncorrected) SE flank (Kintagaura)
1100 BCE ± 300 years Unknown Confirmed   Tephrochronology NNW flank
1200 BCE ± 50 years Unknown Confirmed   Radiocarbon (corrected)
1800 BCE ± 100 years Unknown Confirmed 2 Radiocarbon (corrected) Northwest flank

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.




Feature Name Feature Type Elevation Latitude Longitude
Kurasaki Stratovolcano
Maru-yama Cone 223 m


Feature Name Feature Type Elevation Latitude Longitude
Ikenosawa Caldera 423 m
Yuba-no-Tonbu Crater 210 m

Photo Gallery

The small 2.5 x 3.5 km basaltic island of Aoga-shima, seen here from the SE, is located in the central Izu Islands. Aoga-shima is surrounded by steep cliffs and contains a small 1.7 x 1.5-km-wide caldera. Two pyroclastic cones were formed inside the caldera during the volcano's latest eruption from 1780 to 1785.

Photo by Richard Fiske (Smithsonian Institution).

Smithsonian Sample Collections Database

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

Affiliated Sites

Large Eruptions of Aogashima Information about large Quaternary eruptions (VEI >= 4) is cataloged in the Large Magnitude Explosive Volcanic Eruptions (LaMEVE) database of the Volcano Global Risk Identification and Analysis Project (VOGRIPA).
WOVOdat WOVOdat is a database of volcanic unrest; instrumentally and visually recorded changes in seismicity, ground deformation, gas emission, and other parameters from their normal baselines. It is sponsored by the World Organization of Volcano Observatories (WOVO) and presently hosted at the Earth Observatory of Singapore.
EarthChem EarthChem develops and maintains databases, software, and services that support the preservation, discovery, access and analysis of geochemical data, and facilitate their integration with the broad array of other available earth science parameters. EarthChem is operated by a joint team of disciplinary scientists, data scientists, data managers and information technology developers who are part of the NSF-funded data facility Integrated Earth Data Applications (IEDA). IEDA is a collaborative effort of EarthChem and the Marine Geoscience Data System (MGDS).
MODVOLC - HIGP MODIS Thermal Alert System Using infrared satellite Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) data, scientists at the Hawai'i Institute of Geophysics and Planetology, University of Hawai'i, developed an automated system called MODVOLC to map thermal hot-spots in near real time. For each MODIS image, the algorithm automatically scans each 1 km pixel within it to check for high-temperature hot-spots. When one is found the date, time, location, and intensity are recorded. MODIS looks at every square km of the Earth every 48 hours, once during the day and once during the night, and the presence of two MODIS sensors in space allows at least four hot-spot observations every two days. Each day updated global maps are compiled to display the locations of all hot spots detected in the previous 24 hours. There is a drop-down list with volcano names which allow users to 'zoom-in' and examine the distribution of hot-spots at a variety of spatial scales.
MIROVA Middle InfraRed Observation of Volcanic Activity (MIROVA) is a near real time volcanic hot-spot detection system based on the analysis of MODIS (Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer) data. In particular, MIROVA uses the Middle InfraRed Radiation (MIR), measured over target volcanoes, in order to detect, locate and measure the heat radiation sourced from volcanic activity.