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Report on Minami-Hiyoshi (Japan) — December 1980


Scientific Event Alert Network Bulletin, vol. 5, no. 12 (December 1980)
Managing Editor: David Squires.

Minami-Hiyoshi (Japan) No seawater discoloration seen in November-December 1980

Please cite this report as:

Global Volcanism Program, 1980. Report on Minami-Hiyoshi (Japan) (Squires, D., ed.). Scientific Event Alert Network Bulletin, 5:12. Smithsonian Institution. https://doi.org/10.5479/si.GVP.SEAN198012-284131



23.5°N, 141.935°E; summit elev. -107 m

All times are local (unless otherwise noted)

The Japanese Maritime Safety Agency (JMSA) continues frequent aerial monitoring of several known submarine volcanoes. [Discolored water was not seen at Minami-hiyoshi during November-December 1980 (see table 1 below).]

Geological Summary. Periodic water discoloration and water-spouting have been reported over this submarine volcano since 1975, when detonations and an explosion were also reported. It lies near the SE end of a coalescing chain of youthful seamounts, and is the only historically active vent. The reported depth of the summit of the trachyandesitic volcano has varied between 274 and 30 m. The morphologically youthful seamounts Kita-Hiyoshi and Naka-Hiyoshi lie to the NW, and Ko-Hiyoshi to the SE.

Information Contacts: JMSA, Tokyo; JMA, Tokyo.