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Advancement of our knowledge on Aso volcano: Current activity and background

The most recent magmatic eruptions at Aso volcano in Japan, characterized by Strombolian explosions and continuous ash venting, began on 25 November 2014, after about 20 years of dormancy. In late 2015 and 2016, violent phreatic and phreatomagmatic explosions occurred repeatedly. The installation of an observation network around the active crater prior to the onset of eruptions allowed data collection of unprecedented high quality during these activities, as well as during the 20 years of calm preceding eruption. These data constitute a unique resource for volcanology, and an excellent opportunity to advance our understanding of volcanic processes. In this special issue, we aim to report all existing results of scientific researches at Aso volcano completed before, during, and after the latest eruptive activities. In order to provide more comprehensive coverage of the current state and background of the volcano, we will encourage submission of research from all disciplinary perspectives, including geophysical, geochemical, geological, and petrological approaches.

Edited by: Takahiro Ohkura, Akihiko Yokoo, Yasuo Miyabuchi, Jerry Fairley, Corrado Cigolini, Valerio Acocella

  1. Content type: Full paper

    Volcanic gas composition measurement by Multi-GAS was repeated during the eruptive period in 2014–2015 as well as the quiet period preceding the eruption at Nakadake crater, Aso volcano. The eruptive activity ...

    Authors: Hiroshi Shinohara, Akihiko Yokoo and Ryunosuke Kazahaya

    Citation: Earth, Planets and Space 2018 70:151

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    The most recent and largest caldera-forming eruption occurred at ~ 90 ka at Aso Volcano, SW Japan, and is known as the “Aso-4 eruption.” We performed chemical analyses of amphibole phenocrysts from Aso-4 pyroc...

    Authors: Hidemi Ishibashi, Yukiko Suwa, Masaya Miyoshi, Atsushi Yasuda and Natsumi Hokanishi

    Citation: Earth, Planets and Space 2018 70:137

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  3. Content type: Express Letter

    During the last magmatic eruption period of Aso volcano (November 2014 to May 2015), a controlled-source electromagnetic volcano monitoring experiment (ACTIVE) was conducted. Here, we interpret the temporal va...

    Authors: Takuto Minami, Mitsuru Utsugi, Hisashi Utada, Tsuneomi Kagiyama and Hiroyuki Inoue

    Citation: Earth, Planets and Space 2018 70:138

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    Volcanic tremor is often observed to be associated with an increase in volcanic activity and during periods approaching eruptions. It is therefore of crucial importance to study this phenomenon. The opening of...

    Authors: Misa Ichimura, Akihiko Yokoo, Tsuneomi Kagiyama, Shin Yoshikawa and Hiroyuki Inoue

    Citation: Earth, Planets and Space 2018 70:125

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  5. Content type: Express Letter

    An explosive eruption occurred at the Naka-dake first crater of Aso volcano at 1:46 on October 8, 2016 (JST). According to the field survey conducted by Kumamoto University, Kyoto University, the National Inst...

    Authors: Eiichi Sato, Keiichi Fukui and Toshiki Shimbori

    Citation: Earth, Planets and Space 2018 70:105

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  6. Content type: Full paper

    The thermal signature of Aso Volcano (Nakadake) during unrest episodes has been analyzed by combining the MODIS-MIROVA data set (2000–2017) with high-resolution images (LANDSAT 8 OLI and Sentinel 2) and ground...

    Authors: Corrado Cigolini, Diego Coppola, Akihiko Yokoo and Marco Laiolo

    Citation: Earth, Planets and Space 2018 70:67

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  7. Content type: Frontier letter

    A hot and acid crater lake is located in the Nakadake crater, Aso volcano, Japan. The volume of water in the lake decreases with increasing activity, drying out prior to the magmatic eruptions. Salt-rich mater...

    Authors: Hiroshi Shinohara, Nobuo Geshi, Akihiko Yokoo, Takahiro Ohkura and Akihiko Terada

    Citation: Earth, Planets and Space 2018 70:46

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