1:45 PM - 2:00 PM
[SVC47-13] Fumarole activity at the southwest rim of Ioyama crater in the Ebinokogen
Keywords:Kirishima volcanoes, Ioyama, Fumarole
Prior to the drone observation, we set markers showing 50°C on 20, 22, 25, and 27 November 2016. Just before the day of observation on 9 December, the 50°C points were modified. Aerial footage was recorded by the Phantom 3 drone on 10 and 11 December which was then converted to orthophotographic images. Markers with diameters of 18 cm were more clearly observed about tens of meters height above ground level and were plotted on the orthophotographic images, and the areas of 50°C were then measured. The high-temperature area was 3500 m2 on 10 December, which indicates an expansion of the 2200 m2 high-temperature area measured on 20 August.
Very high concentrations of H2S volcanic gas were observed in the middle of October (Miyazaki prefecture website2). White turbidity in the river caused by sulphur from Ioyama was found on 29 October by a member of the Kirishima Nature guide club. It was assumed that expansion of the high-temperature area was occurring at that time. On 12 December 12, frequent volcanic earthquakes occurred (JMA website1). The expansion of the high-temperature area from December 2015 to February 2016 and from October 2016 to the present indicates the occurrence of strong underground volcanic activity.
Observation members of Kirisima nature guide club: Toshio Furuzuno, Kentaro Haraguchi, Takeji, Nagatomo, Takamichi Higashi, Hideaki Yoshinaga, Midori Baba, Masashi Takada, Yukikazu Matsumura.