Akan, Hokkaido, Japan

Akan, Hokkaido, Japan

Location: 43.4N, 144.0E
Elevation: 4,916 feet (1,499 m)


Distant view of Akan, a group of stratovolcanoes, that lies within a shallow depression. Me-Akan, the active vent, is the steaming volcano on the left. Some volcanologists think the shallow depression is a caldera. Photograph courtesy of and copyrighted by Paul J. Buklarewicz.


Summit of Me-Akun. Photograph by Mike Lyvers.


Me-Akan is a stratovolcano in the depression and the only active vent. Me-Akan has erupted at least 15 times since about 1800. Eruptions prior to 1955 were weak. The 1955 eruption was phreatic and explosive. The most recent eruption was in 1988. Although it was phreatic, like most eruptions at Me-Akan, it lasted just over a month. Most eruptions at Me-Akan last less than one day. This photo shows a small lake and steaming vents. Photograph courtesy of and copyrighted by Paul J. Buklarewicz.


Crater at Me-Akan. Photograph courtesy of and copyrighted by Paul J. Buklarewicz.


Crater at Me-Akan. Photograph by Mike Lyvers.

Akan is a National Park and a center for preserving Hokkaido's native Ainu culture.

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Sources of Information:

Kuno, H., 1962, Part XI, Japan, Taiwan and Marianas: Catalogue of the active volcanoes of the world including solfatara fields, International Association of Volcanology, Rome, Italy, 332 p.

McClelland, L., Simkin, T., Summers, M., Nielsen, E., and Stein, T.C., 1989, Global Volcanism 1975-1985: Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, Prentice Hall, 655 p.

Simkin, T., and Siebert, L., 1994, Volcanoes of the World: Geoscience Press, Tucson, Arizona, 349 p.



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