Global Volcanism Program | Image GVP-01460
Asama, Honshu's most active volcano, has an historical record dating back more than 1300 years. The modern cone of Maekake-yama, shown steaming here at the left, is situated east of the horseshoe-shaped remnant of an older andesitic volcano, Kurofu-yama (right), that was destroyed by a late-Pleistocene landslide about 20,000 years ago. Maekake-yama is probably only a few thousand years old, but has had several major plinian eruptions, the last two of which occurred in 1108 and 1783 CE.
Copyrighted photo by Katia and Maurice Krafft, 1981.
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