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  • 44.076°N
  • 145.122°E

  • 1660 m
    5445 ft

  • 285082
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Basic Data

Volcano Number

Last Known Eruption



1800 CE

1660 m / 5445 ft


Volcano Types

Lava dome(s)

Rock Types

Andesite / Basaltic Andesite

Tectonic Setting

Subduction zone
Continental crust (> 25 km)


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Geological Summary

Rausudake is an andesitic-to-dacitic stratovolcano with summit lava domes on the Shiretoko Peninsula in NE Hokkaido. The 1660-m-high volcano is located along a ridge 5 km SW of Shiretoko-Iozan volcano, the NE-most Holocene volcano in Hokkaido. Young lava flows descend the NW flank and broad areas along the SE flank, and an older lava flow traveled about 9 km W, reaching the coast of the Sea of Okhotsk along a broad front. Eruptions produced pumiceous tephras with associated pyroclastic flows about 2200, 1400, and 800 years ago. Recent work has documented a pyroclastic-flow deposit that overlies the 1739 tephra from Tarumai volcano in SW Hokkaido. Stratigraphic relationships place this eruption, the most recent known from Rausudake, between about 1750 and 1850 CE.


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

IAVCEI, 1973-80. Post-Miocene Volcanoes of the World. IAVCEI Data Sheets, Rome: Internatl Assoc Volc Chemistry Earth's Interior..

Japan Association Quaternary Research, 1987. Quaternary Maps of Japan: Landforms, Geology, and Tectonics. Tokyo: Univ Tokyo Press.

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, http://riodb02.ibase.aist.go.jp/db099/eruption/index.html.

Miyaji N, Nakagawa M, Yoshida M, 2000. Eruptive history of Rausudake volcano during the last 2200 years. Bull Volc Soc Japan (Kazan), 45: 75-85 (in Japanese with English abs).

Miyaji N, Nakagawa M, Yoshida M, 1995. Tephrochronology of Rausu volcano during past 2,000 years. Joint Mtg Earth Sci, 1995, Abs, (in Japanese).

Nakamura Y, Marumo M, Hirakawa K, Sawagaki T, 2008. Holocene tephrostratigraphy in the Shiretoko Peninsula, Hokkaido, Japan. Quat Res, 47: 39-49 (in Japanese with English abs).

Nakano S, Yamamoto T, Iwaya T, Itoh J, Takada A, 2001-. Quaternary Volcanoes of Japan. Geol Surv Japan, AIST, http://www.aist.go.jp/RIODB/strata/VOL_JP/.

Eruptive History

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

Start Date Stop Date Eruption Certainty VEI Evidence Activity Area or Unit
1800 ± 50 years Unknown Confirmed 3 Tephrochronology
1350 ± 100 years Unknown Confirmed 3 Radiocarbon (corrected) Ra1 tephra
0550 ± 100 years Unknown Confirmed 4 Radiocarbon (corrected) Ra2 tephra
0080 ± 50 years Unknown Confirmed 3 Radiocarbon (corrected) SW flank (Tencho-zan), Ten-a tephra
0270 BCE ± 100 years Unknown Confirmed   Radiocarbon (corrected) Ra3-Ra8 tephras

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.


Rausu-dake | Rausu

Photo Gallery

Rausu volcano, seen here from the SW at Shiretoko Pass, is a small stratovolcano in NE Hokkaido. Rausu is located 5 km SW of Shiretoko-Iwo-san volcano along the crest of the elongated NE-trending ridge forming the Shiretoko Peninsula. Explosive eruptions have taken place several times during the Holocene, including eruptions of pumiceous tephras about 2200 and 1500 years ago. Recent work has documented a pyroclastic-flow deposit from Rausu that overlies the 1739 tephra from Tarumai volcano.

Copyrighted photo by Yoshihiko Goto (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/).

Smithsonian Sample Collections Database

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

Affiliated Sites

Large Eruptions of Rausudake 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.