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Saturday Volcano Art: Hiroshige II, ‘Mount Asama’ (1859) 29 August 2009

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Hiroshige II, 'Mount Asama' (1859)

The artist known as Hiroshige II (1826-69) was a student of the great ukiyo-e artist Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858), who has already featured in this series. He became his master’s adopted son and married his daughter, Tatsu, and, after Hiroshige’s death in 1858, used his name; he had previously signed himself as Shigenobu. To avoid confusion, he is generally known as Hiroshige II. There is also a Hiroshige III, who was also the first Hiroshige’s adopted son and also married to Tatsu, but let’s not get into that here.

Mount Asama, the most active volcano on Honshu, is pictured in this image from Hiroshige II’s series One Hundred Views of Famous Places in the Provinces, published 1859-61. At the time this print was made the most recent significant eruption of Asama had occurred around 30 years earlier, in 1815, while in 1783 the volcano had produced one of the largest and most destructive eruptions (VEI=4) in modern Japanese history.

The print shows the volcano viewed from the south-east: on the left is the ridge of the Korufu-yama arc, remnant of an older volcano. The summit of Asama is producing brownish-grey emissions and is covered with recent ashfall and crowned with large boulders. The reddish-purple cloud, edged with yellow, that reaches across the distant ridge to encircle the volcano gives the scene a threatening air, emphasized by the towering flanks of the mountain (their steepness exaggerated by the artist) and the tiny, fragile details of the landscape in the foreground – trees, bushes, hurrying figures. There is a pervasive sense of unease that is absent from the first Hiroshige’s landscapes: a brooding atmosphere of latent threat. In this image the volcano is a grey monster, overshadowing the landscape and stirring in its sleep.

That sense of latent threat is by no means misleading. When this print was published Asama’s half-century of quiescence was coming to an end. In 1869 a VEI=2 event marked the beginning of a pattern of frequent eruptions (over fifty between 1875 and 2008) that has continued to the present day. Asama’s most recent eruption was in February 2009.

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SI/USGS Weekly Volcanic Activity Report, 29 April 2009 – 5 May 2009 7 May 2009

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SI/USGS Weekly Volcanic Activity Report 29 April 2009 - 5 May 2009

The Smithsonian Institution/United States Geological Survey Weekly Volcanic Activity Report covering 29 April 2009 to 5 May 2009 is available on the Global Volcanism Program website. The following is a summary and not a substitute for the full report.

New activity: Bagana (Papua New Guinea), Fernandina (Galapagos Islands), Galeras (Colombia), Krakatau (Indonesia), Reventador (Ecuador), Rinjani (Lombok Island, Indonesia), Shiveluch (Kamchatka, Russia), Slamet (Java, Indonesia).

Ongoing activity: Asama (Japan), Batu Tara (Komba Island, Indonesia), Chaitén (Chile), Cleveland (Alaska, USA), Dukono (Halmahera, Indonesia), Ebeko (Paramushir Island, Russia), Karymsky (Kamchatka, Russia), Kilauea (Hawaii, USA), Popocatépetl (Mexico), Rabaul (Papua New Guinea), Redoubt (Alaska, USA), Sakura-jima (Japan), Suwanose-jima (Japan), Tungurahua (Ecuador).

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SI/USGS Weekly Volcanic Activity Report, 25 March 2009 – 31 March 2009 1 April 2009

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SI/USGS Weekly Volcanic Activity Report 25 March 2009 - 31 March 2009

The Smithsonian Institution/United States Geological Survey Weekly Volcanic Activity Report covering 25 March 2009 to 31 March 2009 is now available on the Global Volcanism Program website. The following is a summary and not a substitute for the full report.

New activity: Ambrym (Vanuatu), Gorely (Kamchatka, Russia), Redoubt (Alaska, USA), Reventador (Ecuador).

Ongoing: Asama (Japan), Barren Island (Andaman Islands), Batu Tara (Komba Island, Indonesia), Chaitén (Chile), Colima (Mexico), Fuego (Guatemala), Karymsky (Kamchatka, Russia), Kilauea (Hawaii, USA), Koryaksky (Kamchatka, Russia), Krakatau (Sunda Strait, Indonesia), Rabaul (Papua New Guinea), Sakura-jima (Japan), Shiveluch (Kamchatka, Russia), Suwanose-jima (Japan), Tungurahua (Ecuador).

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SI/USGS Weekly Volcanic Activity Report, 11 March 2009 – 17 March 2009 19 March 2009

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SI/USGS Weekly Volcanic Activity Report 11 March 2009 - 17 March 2009

The Smithsonian Institution/United States Geological Survey Weekly Volcanic Activity Report covering 11 March 2009 to 17 March 2009 is now available on the Global Volcanism Program website. The following is a summary and not a substitute for the full report.

New activity: Ebeko (Paramushir Island), Galeras (Colombia), Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai (Tonga), Koryaksky (Kamchatka, Russia), Redoubt (Alaska, USA), Semeru (Java, Indonesia).

Ongoing activity: Arenal (Costa Rica), Asama (Japan), Batu Tara (Komba Island, Indonesia), Chaitén (Chile), Fuego (Guatemala), Karymsky (Kamchatka, Russia), Kilauea (Hawaii, USA), Nevado del Huila (Colombia), Pacaya (Guatemala), Rabaul (Papua New Guinea), Sakura-jima (Japan), Santa María (Guatemala), Shiveluch (Kamchatka, Russia), Suwanose-jima (Japan), Tungurahua (Ecuador), Ubinas (Peru).

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SI/USGS Weekly Volcanic Activity Report, 11 February 2009 – 17 February 2009 19 February 2009

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SI/USGS Weekly Volcanic Activity Report 11 February 2009 - 17 February 2009

The Smithsonian Institution/United States Geological Survey Weekly Volcanic Activity Report covering 11 February 2009 to 17 February 2009 is now available on the Global Volcanism Program website. The following is a summary and not a substitute for the full report.

New activity: Asama (Japan), Ebeko (Kuril Islands, Russia), Galeras (Colombia), Redoubt (Alaska, USA).

Ongoing activity: Arenal (Costa Rica), Dukono (Halmahera, Indonesia), Karymsky (Kamchatka, Russia), Kilauea (Hawaii, USA), Popocatépetl (Mexico), Rabaul (Papua New Guinea), Sakura-jima (Japan), Santa María (Guatemala), Shishaldin (Alaska, USA), Shiveluch (Kamchatka, Russia), Soufrière Hills (Montserrat), Tungurahua (Ecuador), Ubinas (Peru).

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SI/USGS Weekly Volcanic Activity Report, 4 February 2009 – 10 February 2009 12 February 2009

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SI/USGS Weekly Volcanic Activity Report 4 February 2009 - 10 February 2009

The Smithsonian Institution/United States Geological Survey Weekly Volcanic Activity Report covering 4 February 2009 to 10 February 2009 is now available on the Global Volcanism Program website. The following is a summary and not a substitute for the full report.

New activity: Asama (Japan), Redoubt (Alaska, USA), Sakura-jima (Japan).
Ongong activity: Barren Island (Andaman Islands), Chaitén (Chile), Colima (Mexico), Dukono (Halmahera, Indonesia), Fuego (Guatemala), Karymsky (Kamchatka, Russia), Kilauea (Hawaii, USA), Popocatépetl (Mexico), Rabaul (Papua New Guinea), Sangay (Ecuador), Santa María (Guatemala), Shiveluch (Kamchatka, Russia), Soufrière Hills (Montserrat), Tungurahua (Ecuador).

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SI/USGS Weekly Volcanic Activity Report, 28 January 2009 – 3 February 2009 5 February 2009

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SI/USGS Weekly Volcanic Activity Report 28 January 2009 - 3 February 2009

The Smithsonian Institution/United States Geological Survey Weekly Volcanic Activity Report covering 28 January 2009 to 3 February 2009 is now available on the Global Volcanism Program website. The following is a summary and not a substitute for the full report.

New activity: Asama (Japan), Redoubt (Alaska, USA).
Ongong activity: Barren Island (Andaman Islands), Chaitén (Chile), Fuego (Guatemala), Karymsky (Kamchatka, Russia), Kilauea (Hawaii, USA), Kliuchevskoi (Kamchatka, Russia), Pacaya (Guatemala), Rabaul (Papua New Guinea), Sakura-jima (Japan), Santa María (Guatemala), Shiveluch (Kamchatka, Russia), Soufrière Hills (Montserrat), Tungurahua (Ecuador), Ubinas (Peru).

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Heightened alert at Mount Asama 1 February 2009

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'Earthquake and Eruption of the Mountain of Asama-yama, in the province of Sinano', Isaac Titsingh, London, 1822 (Courtesy of the University of Texas Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin).

The Japan Meteorological Agency has raised the alert level for Mount Asama, the most active of Honshu’s many volcanoes, after detecting increased seismic activity.

Press reports quote JMA official Sadayuki Kitagawa as warning that ‘Mount Asama could erupt within two days, spewing rocks and ash’, and that ‘there are prospects for an eruption that could thrown volcanic rocks to a distance of around 4 kilometres’. Up to 45,000 people could be affected by the current alert, and local officials are warning people to be ready for evacuation.

Asama has erupted frequently in recent years, most recently in September 2004, but without fatalities or widespread destructive effects. The volcano’s last destructive eruption was in May-August 1783, a VEI4 event which devastated 500 square kilometres and left around 1200 people dead.

Image: ”Earthquake and Eruption of the Mountain of Asama-yama, in the province of Sinano’, from Isaac Titsingh, Illustrations of Japan: Consisting of Private Memoirs and Anecdotes of the Reigning Dynasty of the Djogouns, or Sovereigns of Japan (London, 1822). Courtesy of the University of Texas Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin. [Source]

News
Japan warns of eruptions at volcanoInternational Herald Tribune, 1 February 2009
Japan on heightened alert for Mount Asama eruption – Reuters, 1 February 2009
Japan warns of volcano eruption within 48 hours – Telegraph.co.uk, 1 February 2009

Information
Global Volcanism Program: Asama – summary information for Asama (0803-11=)
Japan Meteorological Agency – English-language homepage for the JMA
Volcano Research Center, University of Tokyo – English-language homepage for the VRC

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