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Global Volcanism Program | Image GVP-06471

Asama, one of Honshu's most active volcano, is seen here from the SE. The snow-capped modern cone of Maekakeyama (center) was constructed within a horseshoe-shaped collapse scarp resulting from the failure of Kurofuyama, an older cone forming the lower peak to the left. The E-facing escarpment of Kurofuyama was created by a large volcanic landslide about 20,000 years ago. Maekakeyama 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. Photo by Yukio Hayakawa, 1998 (Gunma University).

Asama, one of Honshu's most active volcano, is seen here from the SE. The snow-capped modern cone of Maekakeyama (center) was constructed within a horseshoe-shaped collapse scarp resulting from the failure of Kurofuyama, an older cone forming the lower peak to the left. The E-facing escarpment of Kurofuyama was created by a large volcanic landslide about 20,000 years ago. Maekakeyama 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.

Photo by Yukio Hayakawa, 1998 (Gunma University).

Keywords: stratovolcano


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