MYōJIN-SHō (明神礁) is a submarine volcano located about 450
kilometers south of
* 1 Eruption of 1952-1953 * 2 Survey of 1998-1999 * 3 Structure * 4 References * 5 External links
ERUPTION OF 1952-1953
The volcanic eruption from 1952 to 1953 was one of its biggest eruptions on record, with the repetitious appearance and disappearance of an island, which at one point reached over ten metres above sea level, before sinking after a major volcanic eruption in September 1953. On September 24, 1952, a survey vessel, Kaiyo Maru No. 5 of the Hydrographic Department of the Maritime Safety Agency, was destroyed by the volcano, with the loss of its crew of 31 (including the nine scientists studying the eruption). Consequently, the Department developed Manbou (Sunfish), an unmanned radio operating survey boat, and has used it for the research of dangerous sea areas such as submarine volcanoes.
This was the first time that volcanic activity had been detected using the SOFAR channel .
SURVEY OF 1998-1999
In 1998 and 1999, the
Hydrography Department conducted comprehensive
sea bottom surveys around Myōjin-shō, using the state-of-the-art
survey vessel Shoyo and Manbou II, the second generation Manbou. As a
result of these surveys, a detailed picture of the seabed topography
Manbou II conducted the survey of the sea area within a radius of 3 nautical miles (about 5.4 kilometers) of Myōjin-shō. Shoyo conducted the survey of the sea area within a radius of about 10 nautical miles (about 18.5 kilometers) but farther than the area of the radius of 3 nautical miles (5.6 km). Manbou II works by the order of preprogrammed instructions and measures depth and water temperature. Bathymetric survey of Manbou II was carried out by using the "PRD-601" echo sounder at intervals of 0.2 nautical miles (about 370 meters). Shoyo conducted a comprehensive survey including the geological and geophysical surveys of sea bottom. Bathymetric survey of Shoyo was carried out by using a "Seabeam 2112" echo sounder at intervals of 0.5 nautical miles (about 930 meters).
The diameter of the caldera floor is 5.6 kilometers and about 1,100 meters in depth. The central cone is a high formerly known as Takane-shō , 328 metres below sea level.