Report on Akan (Japan) — October 1988
Scientific Event Alert Network Bulletin, vol. 13, no. 10 (October 1988)
Managing Editor: Lindsay McClelland.
Akan (Japan) Increased seismicity but no change in surface activity
Please cite this report as:
Global Volcanism Program, 1988. Report on Akan (Japan) (McClelland, L., ed.). Scientific Event Alert Network Bulletin, 13:10. Smithsonian Institution.
43.384°N, 144.013°E; summit elev. 1499 m
All times are local (unless otherwise noted)
The number of volcanic earthquakes increased sharply on 18 October. A seismograph . . . registered ~300 events on the 18th and 150 the next day. The month's total of 800 events was the highest since observations began in 1973. No change in vapor emission was evident. A small white plume continued to rise 100-150 m from Me-Akan-dake's crater.
Geologic Background. Akan is a 13 x 24 km caldera located immediately SW of Kussharo caldera. The elongated, irregular outline of the caldera rim reflects its incremental formation during major explosive eruptions from the early to mid-Pleistocene. Growth of four post-caldera stratovolcanoes, three at the SW end of the caldera and the other at the NE side, has restricted the size of the caldera lake. Conical Oakandake was frequently active during the Holocene. The 1-km-wide Nakamachineshiri crater of Meakandake was formed during a major pumice-and-scoria eruption about 13,500 years ago. Within the Akan volcanic complex, only the Meakandake group, east of Lake Akan, has been historically active, producing mild phreatic eruptions since the beginning of the 19th century. Meakandake is composed of nine overlapping cones. The main cone of Meakandake proper has a triple crater at its summit. Historical eruptions at Meakandake have consisted of minor phreatic explosions, but four major magmatic eruptions including pyroclastic flows have occurred during the Holocene.
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