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Living Inside a Volcano

Aoga-shima is a stratovolcano forming a beautiful small 2.5 x 3.5 km island with steep cliffs in the Izu island chain, 300 km south of Tokyo.
Aogashima’s main attraction is its geologic anomaly, the double volcano. The island itself is one volcano, and another smaller volcano sits inside the caldera of it. Over 200 people live there. And yeah, it is an active volcano.

The main volcano also has steam vents around one side of it. The steam is scalding hot, and is used to power the public sauna, which is the perfect way to relax after a long day of hiking the island.
The wharf at the island’s only port, Sanbō, can handle small ships of up to 500 tons, and is unusable during time of high waves and inclement weather.

Images source: mharada

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13 responses

  1. Amazing!!!

    March 7, 2013 at 05:01

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  3. That’s so trippy!

    January 26, 2013 at 00:12

  4. That is absolutely trippy. Surreal almost. You could read about such a place, (although I have to confess, I’d never heard of it before) but either way the aerial photos really bring home the impact. Great piece, brilliant piece in fact. Keep up the great work. PS: when was the last big eruption? Is it Japanese territory? And aren’t the few local inhabitants, just a tiny, little bit nervous?

    November 22, 2012 at 01:22

    • The last massive eruption was in 1785. I guess locals aren’t nervous. Anyway 99.9% of the time the volcano is quiet.

      November 22, 2012 at 02:03

  5. How crazy is that ?!
    Pretty wild – but kinda cool at the same time…..

    September 26, 2012 at 01:02

  6. That is incredible!

    September 15, 2012 at 16:50

  7. Wow, amazing place.

    August 17, 2012 at 15:56

  8. Holy crap that’s epic! *jaw drops*

    July 3, 2012 at 01:37

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  10. Awesome post! I will keep an on eye on your blog.

    December 12, 2011 at 01:51

  11. so much wonderful info on here, : D.

    December 10, 2011 at 06:57

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    November 23, 2011 at 13:31

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