Same alert for Mt. Shindake but area reduced

posted on October 22, 2015

Japanese panel of experts on predicting volcanic eruptions has concluded that Mount Shindake in southern Japan is not likely to erupt again to the same degree as it did in May.

The Meteorological Agency says it will continue to maintain the eruption alert at 5, the highest level. But will reduce the areas it applies to from 2.5 to about 2 from kilometers from the crater.

The volcano on the island of Kuchinoerabu had an explosive eruption in May, sending plumes more than 9,000 meters high. Pyroclastic flow falling on its west slope reached the shore more than 2 kilometers away.

The agency issued an eruption alert of 5. All the residents were evacuated from the island and no one has returned.

The panel held a meeting at the agency on Wednesday. They said that no eruptions have taken place since June and volcanic quakes have been declining since early August.

The release of sulfur dioxide from the volcano gradually declined last month to about 100 to 200 tons a day. But, they say crustal movements on the island show that the swelling continues.

source by newsonjapan
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