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Report on Kasuga 1 (United States) — November 1985

Scientific Event Alert Network Bulletin, vol. 10, no. 11 (November 1985)
Managing Editor: Lindsay McClelland.

Kasuga 1 (United States) No water discoloration observed, December 1983-December 1985

Please cite this report as:

Global Volcanism Program, 1985. Report on Kasuga 1 (United States) (McClelland, L., ed.). Scientific Event Alert Network Bulletin, 10:11. Smithsonian Institution. https://doi.org/10.5479/si.GVP.SEAN198511-284134.

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Kasuga 1

United States

21.765°N, 143.71°E; summit elev. -598 m

All times are local (unless otherwise noted)


JMSA has continued frequent aerial monitoring of several known submarine volcanoes. Volcanic activity has often been observed at Fukutoku-okanoba during overflights since late 1983, but no water discoloration has been seen at Kasuga, Nikko, or Fukujin.

Geologic Background. The Kasuga 1 seamount is a conical volcano that rises to within 598 m of the sea surface SE of Fukujin submarine volcano. It was listed as an active volcano by the Japan Meteorological Agency, and floating pumice attributed to a submarine eruption was seen south of the volcano in the summer of 1959. Water discoloration from a possible submarine eruption was reported near the seamount in November 1975. Kasuga, the northernmost of three seamounts in the the Kasuga seamount chain, rises from a depth of 3000 m. A series of flank vents are located low on the southern side of the edifice. The summit does not have a caldera or display hydrothermal activity, and the volcano is largely mantled by volcaniclastics. Altered basaltic and andesitic rocks dredged from the summit suggest that it is the oldest of the three seamounts, although delicately preserved lava flow lobes and toes from a flank eruption suggest a very youthful age.

Information Contacts: JMA, Tokyo.