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  • Japan
  • Honshu
  • Stratovolcano
  • 1787 CE
  • Country
  • Subregion Name
  • Primary Volcano Type
  • Last Known Eruption
  • 41.276°N
  • 141.124°E

  • 878 m
    2880 ft

  • 283290
  • Latitude
  • Longitude

  • Summit

  • Volcano

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Summary of eruption dates and Volcanic Explosivity Indices (VEI).

Start Date Stop Date Eruption Certainty VEI Evidence Activity Area or Unit
1787 (in or before) Unknown Confirmed   Historical Observations

The following references are the sources used for data regarding this volcano. References are linked directly to our volcano data file. Discussion of another volcano or eruption (sometimes far from the one that is the subject of the manuscript) may produce a citation that is not at all apparent from the title. Additional discussion of data sources can be found under Volcano Data Criteria.

Hori S, Hasegawa A, 1999. Distinct S-wave reflector detected in the uppermost mantle beneath Osoresan volcano, NE Japan. Bull Volc Soc Japan (Kazan), 44: 83-91 (in Japanese with English abs).

IAVCEI, 1973-80. Post-Miocene Volcanoes of the World. IAVCEI Data Sheets, Rome: Internatl Assoc Volc Chemistry Earth's Interior..

Japan Meteorological Agency, 1975. National Catalogue of the Active Volcanoes in Japan. Tokyo: Japan Meteorological Agency, 119 p (in Japanese).

Japan Meteorological Agency, 1996. National Catalogue of the Active Volcanoes in Japan (second edition). Tokyo: Japan Meteorological Agency, 502 p (in Japanese).

Japan Meteorological Agency, 2013. National Catalogue of the Active Volcanoes in Japan (fourth edition, English version). Japan Meteorological Agency.

Kuno H, 1962. Japan, Taiwan and Marianas. Catalog of Active Volcanoes of the World and Solfatara Fields, Rome: IAVCEI, 11: 1-332.

Kuwabara T, Yamazaki H, 2001. Tephrostratigraphy and eruptive history during the last 450,000 years at Osore-zan volcano, Shimokita Peninsula, northeast Japan. Bull Volc Soc Japan (Kazan), 46: 37-52 (in Japanese with English abs).

Murayama I, 1987. Volcanoes of Japan (I). Tokyo: Daimedo, 315 p (2nd edition, in Japanese).

Nakano S, Yamamoto T, Iwaya T, Itoh J, Takada A, 2001-. Quaternary Volcanoes of Japan. Geol Surv Japan, AIST, http://www.aist.go.jp/RIODB/strata/VOL_JP/.

Osorezan, on the Shimokita Peninsula in northernmost Honshu, contains a 5-km-wide caldera partly occupied by a shallow lake that drains through the N caldera wall. Dissected lava domes ring the caldera floor. The andesitic-to-dacitic volcano is largely Pleistocene in age, with activity dating back about 800,000 years. The last identified distal tephra deposit was erupted during the late Pleistocene. The only report of historical activity was in a Tohoku district travel document published in 1787, which stated that Yakeyama in Mutsu country (Osoreyama) had erupted. Older residents reported that large fires and clouds were sometimes seen from the summit, accounting for the volcano's local name, Yakeyama, or "Burning Mountain" (Murayama, 1987). Earthquake swarms have been documented during the second half of the 20th century, and magma bodies have been detected beneath the volcano.