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Report on Nikko (Japan) — July 1979


Scientific Event Alert Network Bulletin, vol. 4, no. 7 (July 1979)
Managing Editor: David Squires.

Nikko (Japan) Water discoloration on 12 July 1979 first evidence of activity

Please cite this report as:

Global Volcanism Program, 1979. Report on Nikko (Japan) (Squires, D., ed.). Scientific Event Alert Network Bulletin, 4:7. Smithsonian Institution. https://doi.org/10.5479/si.GVP.SEAN197907-284132



23.078°N, 142.326°E; summit elev. -392 m

All times are local (unless otherwise noted)

At Nikko, not previously known to be active, discolored water was seen on 12 July. A JMSA survey vessel recorded a depth of 612 m to Nikko's summit in 1977.

Geological Summary. Nikko submarine volcano is a massive seamount that rises from nearly 3 km depth to within 392 m of the sea surface at the SE end of a submarine ridge segment extending from Minami-Ioto island. Two large cones at the basaltic-to-andesitic volcano have been constructed on the NW and NE rims of a roughly 3-km-wide, flat-floored submarine caldera, whose rim is prominently displayed on the southern side, but largely buried on the north. A smaller cones lies on the SE caldera floor. The larger NW cone lies within a partially buried crater and displays hydrothermal activity. Discolored water was observed in July 1979, but none has been observed during semi-regular seasonal reconnaissance flights since then. Hydrothermal venting was documented during a recent NOAA expedition.

Information Contacts: JMA, Tokyo.