Sakurajima Volcano Research Center

Development of volcanic eruption prediction and evaluation of activity based on observations

Several active volcanoes are located in southern Kyushu and the Ryukyu islands. Sakurajima Volcano Research Center is the base of field observations and experimental research of these active volcanoes. Collaborative studies have been conducted with universities and institutions under the National Project of Prediction of Earthquakes and Volcanic Eruptions, the collaboration programs of DPRI and other joint research projects. One of the recent main topics is the seismic survey of the Aira caldera and Sakurajima using artificial explosions to investigate locations of magma storage and magma pathways. In addition, comparative studies of eruption mechanism have continued under international collaboration with Indonesia.

Sakurajima Volcanological Observatory
Volcano observation stations at Sakurajima (left) and south Kyushu (right)

Research Section