Abu (volcano)

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Abu (Abu Volcano Group)
Abu (Abu Volcano Group) is located in Japan
Abu (Abu Volcano Group)
Abu (Abu Volcano Group)
Location in Japan
Highest point
Elevation 641 m (2,103 ft) [1]
Listing List of volcanoes in Japan
Coordinates 34°30′N 131°36′E / 34.500°N 131.600°E / 34.500; 131.600Coordinates: 34°30′N 131°36′E / 34.500°N 131.600°E / 34.500; 131.600[1]
Location Honshu, Japan
Age of rock 800,000 years[1]
Mountain type Monogenetic volcanic field
Last eruption 6850 BCE [1]

Abu (阿武火山群, Abu Kazan-gun) is the name of a group of shield volcanoes located on the coast of Japan on the southwest end of the island of Honshū. It is primarily based in the city of Hagi, Yamaguchi Prefecture.

The group dates from 800,000 years ago and was active into the Holocene era. The last eruption occurred around 9000 years ago.

The group of volcanoes consists of basalt and dacitic lava flows, small shield volcanoes, cinder cones, and lava domes. Altogether, there are about 40 volcanoes, with the highest peak being Irao-yama.

Volcanic activity in the region is thought to be related to subduction of the Philippine Sea Plate.


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