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Age of rock  over 1,300 years
Elevation  1,421 m
Mountain range  Mount Kirishima
Mountain type  Active stratovolcano
Last eruption  13 March 2011
Parent range  Mount Kirishima
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Similar  Mount Karakuni, Mt Takachiho, Mihachi, Sakurajima, Mt Nakadake

the eruption of the volcano mt shinmoedake in japan

Shinmoe-dake (新燃岳) is a volcano in Kagoshima Prefecture, Kyūshū, Japan, and a part of the Mount Kirishima cluster of volcanoes. It is believed to have formed between 7,300 and 25,000 years ago.


Map of Shinmoedake, Kirishima, Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan

Eruptions from Shinmoedake were recorded in 1716, 1717, 1771, 1822, 1959, 1991, 2008, 2009, and 2011.

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2011 eruptions

The 2011 eruptions began on 19 January. On 26 January, at 7:30 AM, increased eruption activity spewed ash over the surrounding area. The ash closed four railroad lines, and some airline service was cancelled due to heavy ash in the air. It was the largest eruption from Shinmoedake since 1959. On 27 January, the volcano alert level was raised to 3.

On 1 February, an even larger eruption sent smoke up to 2.5 km in the air and threw volcanic bombs up to 1.5 km.

During February 2011, a lava dome formed in Shinmoedake's crater. On February 17, an evacuation advisory was put in place for the Miyakonojo area for 2,500 people after heavy rains threatened to produce lahars, and at least 63 people evacuated.

On 13 March, two days after the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake, the volcano once again erupted. The eruption forced the evacuation of several hundred residents.


Shinmoedake Wikipedia

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