Intense activity at Nishinoshima volcano, summit crater extends as explosive eruptions continue, Japan

Nishinoshima has entered a period of intense volcanic activity, with frequent explosive eruptions and ash emissions observed in recent days. Its summit crater has extended in the southwest direction, the Japan Coast Guard (JCG) reported on July 1, 2020. On June 12, the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) recorded an ash plume up to 1 900 m (6 200 feet) above the summit, which drifted northeast. JCG conducted flight observations days later, on June 16, reporting that explosions at the volcano generated dense ash plume up to 2 000 m (6 500 feet) above the summit.  Blocks were emitted as far as 2.5 km (1.5 miles) away from the crater…..Read More