The Pacific island of Aogashima is a volcanic Japanese island in the Philippine Sea. As of 2014, the island's population was 170 on almost 9 km of land. Aogashima is also within the boundaries of the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park.
I happened to see a picture of the island posted by my friend Herb on Facebook and looking closer, I saw what appeared to be homes inside the dormant volcano and my curiosity led me to delve more into its history.
The history of human settlement on Aogashima is uncertain. Most of the people in Aogashima are Japanese. The island is mentioned in Edo period records kept at Hachijō-jima, which record volcanic activity in 1652, and from 1670-1680.
An earthquake swarm in July 1780 was followed by steam rising from the lakes in the Ikenosawa Caldera. Further earthquakes in May 1781 led to an eruption. In April 1783, lava flows from the Maruyama cone resulted in the evacuation of all 63 households on the island.
During a massive eruption in 1785, some 130-140 of the population of 327 islanders perished.Accordingly, the population has fluctuated, depending upon the last time it, uh......erupted.
Located in the Kuroshio region of open seas and known for tidal wave generation, the island is barely reachable except by boat. The island has no real harbor to anchor boats due to the steep rugged cliffs of layered volcanic deposits that surrounds the entire island. The other option is to take a helicopter provided by Tokyo Island Shuttle Service.
There isn’t much to do on Aogashima though, except enjoy the serenity of a tropical paradise. In the center of the island lies a geothermal sauna. There is a public facility utilizing the geothermal power and gas and people use it to cook. This cooker using geothermal steam is available for free. Steamed fresh vegetables, potatoes or eggs are one of the specialties of Aogashima. The facility also features a sauna, a public bath, and hot showers.
Aogashima is the smallest village in Japan. As of 2009, the island's population was 205 and it’s decreasing. The island has a primary school with about 25 students. When they reach the age of fifteen, they would to go to high school on the mainland and nobody knows if and when they will be back to Aogashima. The folklore songs that people here sing are mostly about stories of leaving the island and parting with their loved ones.
Now I don't claim to be a Rhodes Scholar, but living near or inside a volcano doesn't seem like a very good idea, but I suppose that if one is born there, one doesn't know the difference....sort of like Detroit or Chicago.
I've seen the before and after pictures of Mount St. Helens and I don't think I would sleep very well at night. Nevertheless, given the opportunity, I would enjoy visiting the island.....
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|Aogashima Island - Port of Sanpo|
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That's it for today, my little tadpoles. Remember, don't let maladies and ailments keep you down. I used to be schizophrenic, but we're all right now. I'm heading over to AREA 51 for happy hour.
Have a great weekend and more on Monday.
Stay Tuned !