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Constraints on magma storage conditions based on geodetic volume change and erupted magma volume and application to the 2011 and 2018 eruptions at Kirishima Shinmoedake volcano, Japan
Earth, Planets and Space volume 75, Article number: 100 (2023)
Abstract
We investigated magma storage conditions prior to the 2011 and 2018 eruptions at Kirishima Shinmoedake volcano in Japan based on the relationship between geodetic volume change of magma chamber and erupted magma volume. We derived an analytical expression for the ratio of the erupted magma volume to the geodetic volume change (“volume ratio”), which was formulated as a function of parameters related to the magma storage conditions. This expression shows that the volume ratio is strongly dependent on the effective compressibility of the magma chamber, which in turn depends on the rigidity of surrounding host rocks and shape of the chamber. For the Shinmoedake eruptions, the magnitude of the volume change (i.e., deflation) of a spherical magma chamber associated with lava effusion was estimated based on geodetic observations. The erupted magma volume was estimated from a SAR image analysis of the lava accumulation inside the summit crater. Based on these observations, we estimated that the volume ratio in 2011 and 2018 was 2.69 and 2.33, respectively. Substituting the estimated volume ratio into the analytical expression revealed that the observed geodetic data and volume ratio can be explained only when the magma chamber, which was assumed to be spherical, is filled with bubblefree magma. This result suggests that efficient gas segregation from the chamber occurred prior to the eruptions. Our results indicate that combining multiobservation data based on the volume ratio provides valuable information about the magma storage process, such as the behavior of the gas phase in the magma chamber.
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Introduction
The magma storage process in a magma chamber is one of the fundamental factors controlling the dynamics of volcanic eruptions (e.g., Tait et al. 1989; Woods and Huppert 2003). Inflation or deflation of the magma chamber in response to magma injection or ejection is a principal process that reflects the status of volcanic activity. Furthermore, storage conditions at the magma chamber correspond to the boundary conditions of the magma ascent flow in the volcanic conduit (conduit flow). The conduit flow is a crucial process controlling eruption styles, with competition between vesiculation and gas escape determining whether the eruption style is explosive or effusive (e.g., Woods and Koyaguchi 1994; Slezin 2003; Kozono and Koyaguchi 2009). Since conduit flow features are sensitive to the boundary conditions, the magma storage process also affects eruption styles through the conduit flow dynamics. Recent progress in multiobservation techniques of volcanic eruptions enables us to obtain detailed constraints on the magma storage process in the magma chamber. For example, thermodynamic conditions in the magma chamber are constrained by petrological observations (e.g., Devine et al. 1998; Suzuki et al. 2013; Tomiya et al. 2013), the size and shape of the magma chamber are inferred based on seismic velocity and resistivity structure anomalies obtained from seismic and magnetotelluric observations (e.g., Lees 2007; Waite and Moran 2009; Hill et al. 2009; Aizawa et al. 2014), and the position and volume change of the magma chamber are estimated from geodetic observations (e.g., Dvorak and Dzurisin 1997; Dzurisin 2003; Segall 2010). In addition, geological and remote sensing surveys of lava flow and dome and eruption cloud at the surface allow us to quantitatively determine the magma discharge rate during eruptions. Combining these observation provides useful information about the relationship between magma chamber dynamics and eruption styles (e.g., Hreinsdóttir et al. 2014; Kozono et al. 2014; Anderson and Poland 2016) and improves our understanding of the magma storage process in the magma chamber.
Determining both the erupted magma volume and geodetic volume change of the magma chamber has the potential to provide valuable information about the magma storage process. When a magma chamber that is embedded into an elastic halfspace deflates under the ejection of compressible magma, the ratio of the erupted magma volume to the geodetic volume change of the magma chamber (referred to as “the volume ratio”) is described as a function of the compressibility of magma in the magma chamber and effective compressibility of the magma chamber (e.g., Mastin et al. 2008; Segall 2010; Kozono et al. 2013). These compressibilities depend on magma properties, including the composition and vesicularity, and the geometry of the storage. Therefore, we can estimate the magma storage conditions from multiobservations of the geodetic volume change and erupted magma volume.
Kirishima Shinmoedake volcano in southern Kyushu, Japan, is densely monitored by multiobservation techniques including geodetic, seismic, geological, geochemical, petrological, and remote sensing measurement devices. The recent activity of this volcano is characterized by the two eruptions in 2011 and 2018 (Nakada et al. 2013; Yamada et al. 2019). Both events presented lava effusion in the summit crater, Vulcanian explosions, and ash emissions, although the former eruption started with three subPlinian eruptions, which were not observed in the latter. Continuous tilt measurements throughout the period from 2010 to the present by the National Research Institute for Earth Science and Disaster Resilience (NIED) enabled us to capture the crustal deformation associated with the deflation of the source (e.g., magma chamber) caused by magma effusion to the surface (Ueda et al. 2013; Ueda 2018). Based on these measurements, we can estimate the geodetically required volume change at each lava effusion event. Furthermore, SAR satellite imaging of the lava accumulated inside or outside the summit crater (Ozawa and Kozono 2013; NIED 2018) made it possible to estimate the erupted lava volume. These simultaneous measurements provide an excellent opportunity to estimate the volume ratio during the two eruptions.
In this study, we discuss the magma storage conditions prior to the 2011 and 2018 eruptions at Shinmoedake volcano in terms of the geodetic volume change of the magma chamber and the erupted magma volume. The analysis based on the volume ratio has already been applied to the 2011 Shinmoedake eruption in a previous study by Kozono et al. (2013). However, these authors mainly focused on estimating the magma discharge rate, and did not in depth investigate the magma storage conditions because of the limited petrological and geochemical information available at that time. At present, progress in petrological and geochemical analyses (e.g., Saito et al. 2023; Suzuki et al. 2013; Tomiya et al. 2013) enables us to obtain detailed information about the storage conditions based on a precise description of the volume ratio as a function of the magmatic and geological parameters. In this study, we firstly refer to observations of the geodetic volume change and erupted volume measured by tiltmeters and SAR satellite imaging, respectively. Second, we present an analytical expression for the volume ratio as a function of the magma storage conditions. Third, we estimate the volume ratio for the Shinmoedake eruptions based on the observation data. Finally, we specify the magma storage conditions by substituting the estimated volume ratio into the analytical expression. The present analysis enables us to determine a possible range of effective compressibilities of the magma chamber, which are used to provide strong constraints on the magma storage process, such as the behavior of the gas phase in the chamber.
The 2011 and 2018 Shinmoedake eruptions: observations and data
Shinmoedake volcano is an active andesitic stratovolcano located in southern Kyushu, Japan, and it forms part of the Kirishima volcano group (Fig. 1). The following brief descriptions of the 2011 and 2018 eruptions are mainly based on Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) reports. The main phase of the 2011 eruptions began on January 26 (Japan Standard Time (UTC+9) are used hereafter), and it was characterized by subPlinian eruptions and subsequent lava effusion. On January 26 PM, 27 AM, and 27 PM, three major subPlinian eruptions were detected by weather radar eruption cloud echo measurements (Shimbori et al. 2013). A small lava dome was formed inside the summit crater in the morning of January 28. This dome changed to a pancakeshaped lava mass that grew continuously between January 29 and 31. In addition to these main events, several infrasoundgenerating Vulcanian explosions were reported. The 2018 eruptions began on March 1, and ash emissions lasted until March 9. Effusion of new lava inside the summit crater continued between March 6 and 9, and the lava started to effuse outside the crater on March 9. Thirtyfour Vulcanian explosions also occurred on March 6 and 7. After March 9, several Vulcanian explosions and slow lava flow (flow distance is about 150 m) were observed.
During the 2011 and 2018 eruptions, boreholetype tiltmeters of the volcano observation network (Vnet; 200m deep) and highsensitivity seismograph network (Hinet; 100m deep) stations operated by NIED measured crustal deformation, which implied deflation of a magma chamber beneath the center of the Kirishima volcano group (Fig. 1; Ueda et al. 2013; Ueda 2018). The direction of the tilt vectors in each station was almost the same between 2011 and 2018, suggesting that the position and shape of the source magma chamber were unchanged during these eruptions while the magnitude of the tilt change was larger in 2011 than 2018 (Fig. 1). A source model for the 2011 eruption that best fits the tilt and GNSS data selected through a generic algorithm and Akaike’s information criterion (AIC) was one with a single spherical source (magma chamber) that was 6.5 km to the northwest of the summit of Shinmoedake at a depth of 9.8 km below sea level (Fig. 1). A preliminary analysis of the 2018 eruption, in which a spherical source was assumed because of the same tilt direction between 2011 and 2018 (Fig. 1), showed that the source was located at \(\sim 7\) km to the northwest of the summit at a depth of 9.6 km (Ueda 2018). This implies a generally consistent deflation source between 2011 and 2018. The total magnitudes of the geodetic volume change in the deflation source (\(\Delta V_\text{G}\)) during the eruptions in 2011 and 2018 were estimated as \(1.32 \times 10^{7}\) m\(^{3}\) and \(6.9 \times 10^{6}\) m\(^{3}\), respectively (Fig. 2a, b; Ueda et al. 2013; Ueda 2018). The difference in the total magnitude of \(\Delta V_\text{G}\) between 2011 and 2018 is explained by the fact that the deflation in 2011 was accompanied by the subPlinian eruptions and the lava effusion while that in 2018 was caused only by the lava effusion (Kozono et al. 2013; Yamada et al. 2019). Nakao et al. (2013) also evaluated the location and the volume change of the spherical deflation source during the 2011 eruption using GNSS data from 14 stations. The estimated horizontal position of the deflation source was almost the same as that estimated by Ueda et al. (2013), and the source depth and the geodetic volume change were estimated as 8.35 km and 1.335 \(\times 10^{7}\) m\(^{3}\), respectively.
The topography and the volume of erupted lava (\(\Delta V_\text{E}\)) in 2011 and 2018 were estimated based on daybyday SAR analyses of lava accumulation inside the summit crater (Fig. 2c, d; Ozawa and Kozono 2013; NIED 2018) In the analyses, the contributions of the topography to backscatter intensity in the PALSAR and TerraSARX images (in 2011), and PALSAR2 and COSMOSkyMed images (in 2018) are simulated using a digital terrain map and a GAMMA SAR processor, and the SAR images are connected with the geographical coordinates by matching it with the simulated images. The maximum values of \(\Delta V_\text{E}\) in 2011 and 2018 were estimated to be \(1.54 \times 10^{7}\) m\(^{3}\) and \(1.40 \times 10^{7}\) m\(^{3}\), respectively (Fig. 2c, d; Ozawa and Kozono 2013; NIED 2018). Here \(\Delta V_\text{E}\) is related to the erupted mass (\(\Delta M\)) as \(\Delta M = \rho _\text{e} \Delta V_\text{E}\), where \(\rho _\text{e}\) is the density of the erupted lava. Generally, \(\rho _\text{e}\) becomes lower than the density of nonvesiculated magma (\(\sim 2{,}500\) kg m\(^{3}\)) because of pore structures in the lava.
A petrological study of the 2011 Shinmoedake eruptions shows a complex magma plumbing system from the 10 km depth magma chamber to the surface, including two magma chambers at 10 and 5 km depths (i.e., a dualmagmachamber system; Suzuki et al. 2013). The deeper magma chamber is composed of basaltic andesite magma, and the ascent of this magma to the shallower chamber causes mixing with silicic andesite magma. Then, the mixed magma ascended to the surface, leading to eruptions. Such dualmagmachamber system has, however, a concern that the petrological imaging of the chamber system is not always consistent with the geodetic imaging (Kozono 2021). The geodetic observations of the Shimoedake eruptions also showed that the petrologically inferred shallower source was not detected (Nakao et al. 2013; Ueda et al. 2013). In this study, we focus only on the deeper chamber (i.e., 8.35 or 9.8 km below sea level), the one having been inferred from both the petrological and geodetic studies, where its storage conditions are to be constrained. The missing shallower chamber in the geodetic study requires a more detailed analysis, e.g., the contrast of the magma compressibility between the deeper and shallower chambers in the dualchamber system (Kozono 2021). This, however, is beyond the scope of this study, leaving it as a matter to investigate further in a future study.
Thorough estimates of \(\Delta V_\text{G}\) and \(\Delta V_\text{E}\) have been performed for the 2011 eruption (Ueda et al. 2013; Ozawa and Kozono 2013), whereas only preliminary results have been obtained for the 2018 eruption (Ueda 2018; NIED 2018). Petrological analyses of the magma storage conditions are also limited to the 2011 eruption (e.g., Suzuki et al. 2013; Tomiya et al. 2013), because detailed petrological information is not available for the 2018 eruption. Therefore, the main target of our study should be the 2011 eruption. \(\Delta V_\text{G}\) and \(\Delta V_\text{E}\) in 2011 and 2018 were estimated using the same method under the same accuracy, indicating that data for the 2018 eruption are also valuable for investigating the magma storage conditions. In addition, similarities were observed in the deformation pattern (Fig. 1) and the lava effusion process (Fig. 2c, d) between the two eruptions, implying a common magma plumbing system. In this study, we also use \(\Delta V_\text{G}\) and \(\Delta V_\text{E}\) data for the 2018 eruption to analyze the magma storage conditions.
Analytical expression for \(\Delta V_\text{E}/\Delta V_\text{G}\)
In this section, we derive an analytical expression for the ratio of the erupted volume to the geodetic volume change (i.e., the volume ratio; \(\Delta V_\text{E}/\Delta V_\text{G}\)) as a function of the magma properties and geological conditions. Although the expression for \(\Delta V_\text{E}/\Delta V_\text{G}\) has already been provided in previous studies (e.g., Mastin et al. 2008; Rivalta and Segall 2008; Segall 2010; Kozono et al. 2013), we show the expression as explicitly as possible so that it can be used in future studies in other eruption cases.
When an elastically deformable magma chamber filled with compressible magma deflates in response to magma ejection from the chamber to the surface, the volume ratio is expressed from the mass conservation of the magma as (e.g., Mastin et al. 2008; Segall 2010; Kozono et al. 2013):
where \(\rho _\text{m}\) is the magma density in the magma chamber, \(\rho _\text{e}\) is again the density of the erupted lava, and \(\kappa _\text{m}\) is the magma compressibility in the magma chamber, defined as follows:
Here, \(\kappa _\text{ch}\) is the effective compressibility that connects the volume change of the chamber caused by elastic deformation of the surrounding host rocks with the pressure change of the magma chamber (referred to as the “effective chamber compressibility”). Under the assumption of no relative velocity between the gas and liquid in the magma chamber (i.e., closed system), \(\rho _\text{m}\) is expressed as follows:
where n is the mass fraction of gas in the magma chamber, p is the pressure, R is the gas constant, T is the temperature, and \(\rho _\text{lc}\) is the density of liquidcrystals mixture in the magma chamber:
where \(\beta\) is the crystal volume fraction in the chamber (i.e., phenocryst content) and \(\rho _\text{l}\) and \(\rho _\text{c}\) are the densities of the liquid and crystal, respectively. The dependence of \(\rho _\text{l}\) on temperature, pressure, and melt compositions was modeled based on Lange and Carmichael (1990) and Iacovino and Till (2019). Under the assumption of equilibrium volatile exsolution, n is expressed as follows:
where \(n_\text{0}\) is the initial volatile content, c is the dissolved volatile concentration, and \(n_\text{l}\) is the mass fraction of liquid with respect to liquid + crystals:
We assume that the volatile is composed of H\(_2\)O and CO\(_2\), and its concentration is controlled by the solubility model of IaconoMarziano et al. (2012) (Fig. 3). In this case, \(n_0\) and c are expressed as \(n_\mathrm {H_{2}O}^0 + n_\mathrm {CO_{2}}^0\) and \(c_\mathrm {H_{2}O} + c_\mathrm {CO_{2}}\), respectively, where the subscripts denote the volatile species. From Eqs. (1), (2), and (3), we obtain the analytical expression for \(\Delta V_\text{E}/\Delta V_\text{G}\) as a function of the magmatic and the geological parameters:
where \(\kappa _\text{lc}\) is the compressibility of the liquidcrystal mixture expressed from Eq. (4) as follows:
Here, \(\kappa _\text{l}\) and \(\kappa _\text{c}\) are the compressibilities of the liquid and the crystal, respectively. The explicit forms of \(\rho _\text{l}\), \(\rho _\text{c}\), \(\kappa _\text{l}\), \(\kappa _\text{c}\), n, R, dn/dp, and dR/dp are shown in the Appendix. In the case of no volatile exsolution, \(n = 0\) so that \(\Delta V_\text{E}/\Delta V_\text{G}\) is rewritten as
Results
Volume ratio estimation
We estimated the volume ratio (\(\Delta V_\text{E}/\Delta V_\text{G}\)) during the Shinmoedake eruptions using the observations of \(\Delta V_\text{G}\) and \(\Delta V_\text{E}\) (Fig. 2). To calculate the volume ratio, we selected a time window in which both \(\Delta V_\text{G}\) and \(\Delta V_\text{E}\) were precisely estimated (shaded ranges in Fig. 2). We defined the time window as a range between the time at which a confidential estimation of the lava volume started and the time at which the lava volume reached the maximum. This time window corresponds to the later period of the lava effusion phase. In the selected time windows, the values of \(\Delta V_\text{E}/\Delta V_\text{G}\) were estimated as 2.69 and 2.33 in 2011 and 2018, respectively. In this study we do not use \(\Delta V_\text{E}\) for the subPlinian phase of the 2011 eruption (cf. Kozono et al. 2013) to avoid unnecessary uncertainties associated with volume estimations. The estimated values are summarized in Table 1.
Specifying the magma storage conditions
Constraints on the magma storage conditions in the magma chamber are inferred from the estimated values of \(\Delta V_\text{E}/\Delta V_\text{G}\) based on Eqs. (7) and (9). Since our analysis focuses on the deeper magma chamber at \(\sim 10\) km depth, we set the magmatic parameters based on the information about the basaltic andesite magma reported by Suzuki et al. (2013): the estimated temperature and the crystallinity were 1303 K and 8.9 vol.%, respectively, and the melt compositions were inferred from the average compositions of the melt inclusions (Table 1 of Suzuki et al. 2013). When these quantities are fixed, \(\Delta V_\text{E}/\Delta V_\text{G}\) in Eqs. (7) and (9) depends on the initial volatile contents (\(n_\mathrm {H_{2}O}^0\) and \(n_\mathrm {CO_{2}}^0\)), effective chamber compressibility, pressure, and density of the erupted magma. We first summarize how \(\Delta V_\text{E}/\Delta V_\text{G}\) depends on these parameters below.
Figures 4 and 5 show the dependence of \(\Delta V_\text{E}/\Delta V_\text{G}\) and magma compressibility (\(\kappa _\text{m}\)) on \(n_\mathrm {H_{2}O}^0\) and \(n_\mathrm {CO_{2}}^0\) based on Eqs. (2), (7), and (9). In Fig. 5, we also show the compressibilities of the liquid (\(\kappa _\text{l}\)), crystals (\(\kappa _\text{c}\)), and liquid+crystals (\(\kappa _\text{lc}\)), which indicated that \(\kappa _\text{l}\) and \(\kappa _\text{lc}\) are \(\sim 6\)–7 \(\times 10^{11}\) Pa\(^{1}\), and \(\kappa _\text{c}\) is \(\sim 10^{11}\) Pa\(^{1}\). The relationship between \(\Delta V_\text{E}/\Delta V_\text{G}\) and \(n_\mathrm {H_{2}O}^0\) is characterized by two regions in the lower and higher\(n_\mathrm {H_{2}O}^0\) ranges in which \(\Delta V_\text{E}/\Delta V_\text{G}\) slightly decreases with increasing \(n_\mathrm {H_{2}O}^0\) in the lower\(n_\mathrm {H_{2}O}^0\) range but drastically increases with \(n_\mathrm {H_{2}O}^0\) in the higher\(n_\mathrm {H_{2}O}^0\) range (Fig. 4). This contrasting feature originates from the dependence of \(\kappa _\text{m}\) on the volatile contents (Fig. 5; Huppert and Woods 2002). In the lower\(n_\mathrm {H_{2}O}^0\) range, volatiles are not exsolved because \(n_0\) is less than \(n_\text{l} c\); therefore, \(n=0\) (see Eq. (5)) and \(\kappa _\text{m}\) is equal to the compressibility of the liquidcrystal mixture \(\kappa _\text{lc}\) (Fig. 5a). In this case, \(\Delta V_\text{E}/\Delta V_\text{G}\) is expressed by Eq. (9). Since the density of H\(_2\)O is lower than those of other oxide components, the liquid density decreases with increasing \(n_\mathrm {H_{2}O}^0\), thus leading to a slight decrease in \(\Delta V_\text{E}/\Delta V_\text{G}\) in this range (Fig. 4). In the higher\(n_\mathrm {H_{2}O}^0\) range, volatile exsolution occurs under the condition of \(n>0\), in which the existence of the gas phase causes an abrupt increase in \(\kappa _\text{m}\) (Fig. 5a) and \(\Delta V_\text{E}/\Delta V_\text{G}\) (cf. Equation 7). In this range, the liquid density is independent of \(n_\mathrm {H_{2}O}^0\) because the liquid phase is saturated with volatiles. The gas phase increases with \(n_\mathrm {H_{2}O}^0\) following Eq. (5), thus leading to an increase in \(\kappa _\text{m}\) (Fig. 5) and \(\Delta V_\text{E}/\Delta V_\text{G}\) (Fig. 4). The increase in \(\kappa _\text{m}\) or \(\Delta V_\text{E}/\Delta V_\text{G}\) with \(n_\mathrm {CO_{2}}^0\) for a given \(n_\mathrm {H_{2}O}^0\) (Figs. 4, 5) is also caused by the increase in the gas phase. Because the H\(_2\)O–CO\(_2\) solubility (Fig. 3) shows that the critical value of \(n_\mathrm {H_{2}O}^0\) for the volatile exsolution decreases with increasing \(n_\mathrm {CO_{2}}^0\), the range of \(n_\mathrm {H_{2}O}^0\) for \(n>0\) increases with \(n_\mathrm {CO_{2}}^0\) (Fig. 4; Mastin et al. 2008).
\(\Delta V_\text{E}/\Delta V_\text{G}\) also depends on the effective compressibility of the magma chamber (\(\kappa _\text{ch}\)) as well as the pressure (p) and the density of the erupted magma (\(\rho _\text{e}\)) (Fig. 6). By maintaining the contrasting feature of \(\Delta V_\text{E}/\Delta V_\text{G}\) in the lower and higher \(n_\mathrm {H_{2}O}^0\) ranges, \(\Delta V_\text{E}/\Delta V_\text{G}\) increases with decreasing \(\kappa _\text{ch}\) (Fig. 6a), p (Fig. 6b), and \(\rho _\text{e}\) (Fig. 6c). The increase in \(\Delta V_\text{E}/\Delta V_\text{G}\) with decreasing p is caused by the increase in magma compressibility due to the efficient volatile exsolution and vesiculation as well as the increase in the gas compressibility. In Fig. 6a, the range of the effective chamber compressibility (\(2 \times 10^{11}\)–\(3 \times 10^{9}\) Pa\(^{1}\)) was set based on the plausible rigidity range of the surrounding host rocks (3–30 GPa) and chamber shape with an aspect ratio up to 10 (see the “Discussion” for details). In Fig. 6b, the pressure range was set as 150–300 MPa under the assumption that the overpressure at the magma chamber is \(\pm 30\) MPa with respect to the lithostatic pressure by considering the strength of the surrounding host rocks (e.g., Rubin 1995). Here the lithostatic pressure was calculated to be 180–270 MPa on the basis of the geodetically estimated chamber depth: 7.36–10.84 km considering 95% confidence intervals (Nakao et al. 2013; Ueda et al. 2013). In Fig. 6c, the range of \(\rho _\text{e}\) (1500–2500 kg m\(^{3}\)) corresponds to the case in which the porosity of the erupted magma is 0–40 vol.%. Under these changes in p and \(\rho _\text{e}\), the variation in \(\Delta V_\text{E}/\Delta V_\text{G}\) for fixed initial volatile contents is less than one order of magnitude. In contrast, the variation in \(\Delta V_\text{E}/\Delta V_\text{G}\) with \(\kappa _\text{ch}\) is more drastic, especially at the higher\(n_\mathrm {H_{2}O}^0\) range with \(n > 0\) (Fig. 6a). Figure 7 represents \(\Delta V_\text{E}/\Delta V_\text{G}\) in the \(\kappa _\text{ch}\)–\(n_\mathrm {H_{2}O}^0\) space for various \(n_\mathrm {CO_{2}}^0\), which shows that abrupt changes in \(\Delta V_\text{E}/\Delta V_\text{G}\) with \(\kappa _\text{ch}\) commonly occur for a wide range of \(n_\mathrm {CO_{2}}^0\). In summary, the magnitude of \(\Delta V_\text{E}/\Delta V_\text{G}\) primarily depends on \(n_\mathrm {H_{2}O}^0\) and \(\kappa _\text{ch}\) and the dependencies are affected by \(n_\mathrm {CO_{2}}^0\), \(\rho _\text{e}\) and p to some extent.
The features of Fig. 6 and observed values of \(\Delta V_\text{E}/\Delta V_\text{G}\) in Table 1 enable us to estimate the parameters related to the magma storage conditions during the 2011 and 2018 eruptions. In Fig. 7, we show the isopleths of the observed \(\Delta V_\text{E}/\Delta V_\text{G}\) (2.69 and 2.33 for the 2011 and 2018 eruptions, respectively) in the color map of the calculated \(\Delta V_\text{E}/\Delta V_\text{G}\) in the \(\kappa _\text{ch}\)–\(n_\mathrm {H_{2}O}^0\) space. In the lower\(n_\mathrm {H_{2}O}^0\) range with no volatile exsolution (\(n = 0\)), the range of \(\kappa _\text{ch}\) for reproducing observed \(\Delta V_\text{E}/\Delta V_\text{G}\) is \(\sim 4\)–5 \(\times 10^{11}\) Pa\(^{1}\). In the case of the higher\(n_\mathrm {H_{2}O}^0\) range with volatile exsolution (\(n > 0\)), the range of \(\kappa _\text{ch}\) is substantially larger than that in the case of \(n = 0\), and it depends on \(n_\mathrm {H_{2}O}^0\) and \(n_\mathrm {CO_{2}}^0\). In Fig. 7c, d, the values of \(n_\mathrm {CO_{2}}^0\) are set as 0.25 and 1.4 wt%, respectively, to cover the observed values from the chemical analysis of melt inclusion data (Saito et al. 2023). In this case, the volatile is always present (i.e., \(n > 0\)) so that \(\kappa _\text{ch}\) which accounts for the observed values of \(\Delta V_\text{E}/\Delta V_\text{G}\) increases with \(n_\mathrm {H_{2}O}^0\); the relationship between \(\kappa _\text{ch}\) and \(n_\mathrm {H_{2}O}^0\) (the \(\kappa _\text{ch}\)–\(n_\mathrm {H_{2}O}^0\) relationship) depends on \(n_\mathrm {CO_{2}}^0\) only in the case when \(n_\mathrm {H_{2}O}^0\) is close to 0 wt% (compare Fig. 7c, d). For all the cases from Fig. 7a–d, the feature of the \(\kappa _\text{ch}\)–\(n_\mathrm {H_{2}O}^0\) relationship is characterized by a strong increase in \(\kappa _\text{ch}\) with \(n_\mathrm {H_{2}O}^0\) when \(n_\mathrm {H_{2}O}^0\) is smaller than about 4 wt%. Figure 8 shows the dependence of the \(\kappa _\text{ch}\)–\(n_\mathrm {H_{2}O}^0\) relationship for \(n_\mathrm {CO_{2}}^0 = 0.25\) wt% (cf. Figure 7c) on the erupted magma density (\(\rho _\text{e}\)) and the chamber pressure (p), where \(\rho _\text{e}\) and p are varied within realistic ranges (see Fig. 6b, c). Under these ranges, although the \(\kappa _\text{ch}\)–\(n_\mathrm {H_{2}O}^0\) relationship depends on both \(\rho _\text{e}\) and p in a quantitative sense, the main feature of the \(\kappa _\text{ch}\)–\(n_\mathrm {H_{2}O}^0\) relationship (i.e., the strong increase in \(\kappa _\text{ch}\) with \(n_\mathrm {H_{2}O}^0\) in the range of \(n_\mathrm {H_{2}O}^0 < 4\) wt%) does not change significantly (Fig. 8).
Figure 9 summarizes the possible ranges of \(\kappa _\text{ch}\) to achieve the observed \(\Delta V_\text{E}/\Delta V_\text{G}\) during the 2011 and 2018 Shinmoedake eruptions (i.e., 2.69 and 2.33), where \(\rho _\text{e}\) and p are varied within realistic ranges. Under the observed range of \(n_\mathrm {CO_{2}}^0\) (0.25\(\)1.4 wt%), where the condition of \(n>0\) is satisfied as shown in Fig. 7c, d, we considered three conditions for \(n_\mathrm {H_{2}O}^0\) as 2, 4, and 6.2 wt%. Here, the maximum value 6.2 wt% was estimated from melt inclusion data (Saito et al. 2023). In response to the feature of the \(\kappa _\text{ch}\)–\(n_\mathrm {H_{2}O}^0\) relationship, \(\kappa _\text{ch}\) increases with \(n_\mathrm {H_{2}O}^0\) and reaches \(\sim 5 \times 10^{10}\)–\(3.5 \times 10^{9}\) Pa\(^{1}\) for \(n_\mathrm {H_{2}O}^0 = 6.2\) wt%. We also calculated the ranges of \(\kappa _\text{ch}\) using Eq. (9) under the assumption that \(n=0\), which corresponds to the condition of no gas phase in the magma such as due to lower volatile contents (e.g., Fig. 7a, b). In this case, \(\kappa _\text{ch}\) is limited to a smaller range (\(4 \times 10^{11}\)–\(1.5 \times 10^{10}\) Pa\(^{1}\)) compared to the case of \(n > 0\).
Discussion
By using the analytical expression for the volume ratio (\(\Delta V_\text{E}/\Delta V_\text{G}\)), we have specified the range of the effective chamber compressibility (\(\kappa _\text{ch}\)) to account for the observed values of \(\Delta V_\text{E}/\Delta V_\text{G}\) during the 2011 and 2018 eruptions at Shinmoedake volcano. Here, \(\kappa _\text{ch}\) depends on the rigidity of the surrounding host rocks and chamber shape. To assess the effects of rigidity and various chamber shapes on \(\kappa _\text{ch}\), we consider an ellipsoid embedded into an elastic halfspace, in which one of the semiaxes (\(r_\text{v}\)) is vertical and the other two semiaxes (\(r_\text{h}\)) are horizontal and have the same magnitude. When \(r_\text{v}\) is equal to \(r_\text{h}\), the chamber shape is purely spherical. In this case, \(\kappa _\text{ch}\) is expressed as \(3/(4 \mu )\), where \(\mu\) is the rigidity of the surrounding host rocks. When \(r_\text{v} \ne r_\text{h}\), the chamber sources correspond to oblate and prolate spheroids for \(r_\text{v} < r_\text{h}\) and \(r_\text{v} > r_\text{h}\), respectively. We numerically calculated the compressibility ratio of the ellipsoidal to spherical sources as a function of the aspect ratio of the vertical to horizontal semiaxes (\(r_\text{v}/r_\text{h}\)) based on a finite element method using COMSOL Multiphysics software (Fig. 10), and the calculated values were consistent with those of previous studies (Amoruso and Crescentini 2009; Anderson and Segall 2011). The compressibility ratio is greater than 1 for \(r_\text{v} \ne r_\text{h}\), indicating that the effective compressibility of the ellipsoidal source is larger than that of the spherical source. When \(r_\text{v} > r_\text{h}\), the compressibility ratio is limited to the range of 1–4/3 (Amoruso and Crescentini 2009). In contrast, when \(r_\text{v} < r_\text{h}\), the compressibility ratio drastically increases with decreasing \(r_\text{v}/r_\text{h}\), and it reaches 10 for \(r_\text{v}/r_\text{h} \sim 10^{1}\). In Fig. 10, we also investigated the dependence of the compressibility ratio on the chamber depth (d) that is normalized to the radius of a sphere with an equivalent volume (r). For a given \(r_\text{v}/r_\text{h}\), the compressibility ratio increases with decreasing (d/r), which is also consistent with a previous study (Anderson and Segall 2011).
The rigidity of the surrounding host rocks (\(\mu\)) can be estimated from the seismic velocity structure beneath the volcano. For example, by using the Pwave velocity (\(v_\text{p}\)), \(\mu\) is expressed as \(\rho _\text{cr} v_\text{p}^2 (12\nu )/(22\nu )\) where \(\rho _\text{cr}\) and \(\nu\) are the crust density and the Poisson’s ratio, respectively. The Pwave velocities beneath the Kirishima volcano group inferred from refraction analysis of the seismic experiment were 2.1, 3.6, and 5.8 km s\(^{1}\) for three layers down to 3 km (below sea level) from the surface, where the thicknesses of the first (2.1 km s\(^{1}\)) and second (3.6 km s\(^{1}\)) layers around the center of the volcano group were \(\sim 0.5\) and 2 km, respectively (Tsutsui et al. 1996). Under these velocity ranges and assuming that \(\rho _\text{cr} \sim 2500\) kg m\(^{3}\) and \(\nu = 0.25\), \(\mu\) is estimated to be 3.7–28 GPa.
Using the rigidity estimated from the seismic velocity and assessing the chamber shape effects described in Fig. 10, we can calculate the possible range of \(\kappa _\text{ch}\) (the right side of Fig. 9). In the case of the spherical chamber (i.e., \(r_\text{v}/r_\text{h} = 1\)), the possible range of \(\kappa _\text{ch}\) is estimated at \(\sim 3 \times 10^{11}\)–\(2 \times 10^{10}\) Pa\(^{1}\). When \(r_\text{v}/r_\text{h} = 0.1\), which corresponds to the oblate spheroid, the possible range of \(\kappa _\text{ch}\) is estimated at \(\sim 1.5 \times 10^{10}\)–\(3 \times 10^{9}\) Pa\(^{1}\). A comparison between these possible ranges and \(\kappa _\text{ch}\) estimated from \(\Delta V_\text{E}/\Delta V_\text{G}\) (Fig. 9) indicates that the estimate of \(\kappa _\text{ch}\) for \(n>0\) is consistent with the possible range for \(r_\text{v}/r_\text{h} = 0.1\), whereas the estimate of \(\kappa _\text{ch}\) for \(n=0\) is consistent with the possible range for the spherical chamber (i.e., \(r_\text{v}/r_\text{h} = 1\)). In the inversion process of the deformation source determination during the 2011 Shinmoedake eruption, various source models composed of a spherical or dike source, or multiple sources with two spherical or two dike sources, or a spherical + dike sources were tested, and AIC analyses suggest that the single spherical source model was the most likely among these source models (Ueda et al. 2013). This implies that the condition of \(n=0\) is required to reproduce \(\kappa _\text{ch}\) under the observed geodetic data and \(\Delta V_\text{E}/\Delta V_\text{G}\) in 2011. In Eqs. (7) and (9), we define \(n_0\) as the initial volatile content. This definition implicitly assumes a closed system in which the gas phase (i,e., bubbles) continues to exist within the chamber. When such a closed system is assumed, the melt inclusion data (\(n_\mathrm {CO_{2}}^0=0.25\)–1.4 wt% and \(n_\mathrm {H_{2}O}^0=6.2\) wt%; Saito et al. 2023) leads to the condition of \(n > 0\). However, if we consider a system where bubbles efficiently segregate from the magma (i.e., open system), the magma compressibility approaches the liquidcrystals compressibility (Eq. 8); as a result, \(\Delta V_\text{E}/\Delta V_\text{G}\) can be as small as that for \(n=0\) (Eq. 9). Therefore, efficient gas segregation likely occurred prior to the 2011 eruption. Although the deformation source in 2018 has not been strongly constrained because of the lack of AIC information, the estimates of \(\kappa _\text{ch}\) for the 2018 eruption also suggest the condition of \(n=0\) if we assume a spherical source based on the similarity of the deformation pattern between 2011 and 2018 (Fig. 1).
Finally, we point out that further analyses of the geodetic data considering the various shape of the deformation source are necessary for future assessments. One of the methods of performing detailed assessments of storage conditions is a more sophisticated joint inversion of multiobservation data. In the present analysis based on Ueda et al. (2013), information about the deformation source, such as the position, shape, and volume change, was obtained only from the inversion of the geodetic data. However, our results based on Eqs. (7) and (9) indicate that the geodetic source information has a complex relationship with other geological and magmatic parameters, such as the erupted magma volume, volatile contents, and rigidity of surrounding host rocks. A joint inversion that combines all the parameters included in Eqs. (7) and (9) may provide strong constraints on the magma storage and plumbing system, in which appropriate parameter values are simultaneously estimated. To solve the inversion problem that consists of a large number of parameters and assess the uncertainty of the parameter estimation, sophisticated inversion techniques based on the Bayesian framework (e.g., Markov Chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) method) are necessary. This kind of approach has been successfully applied to the longterm and episodic activities of Kīlauea volcano (Anderson and Poland 2016; Anderson et al. 2019). Applying a similar approach to the Shinmoedake eruptions is a promising direction for future research.
Conclusions
We specified the magma storage conditions prior to the 2011 and 2018 eruptions of Shinmoedake volcano based on the relationship between the geodetic volume change of the magma chamber and the erupted magma volume. We showed the analytical expression for the ratio of the erupted volume to the geodetic volume change (the volume ratio), which was formulated as a function of the magma storage conditions. This expression indicated that the volume ratio was strongly dependent on the effective compressibility of the magma chamber. In the Shinmoedake eruptions, the deflation of the spherical magma chamber accompanied by the lava effusion was detected by the geodetic observations and the geodetic volume change of the deflation source was estimated. In addition, the volumes of the erupted lava in the two eruptions were also estimated based on daybyday SAR image analyses of the lava accumulation inside the summit crater. Based on these observations, we calculated the volume ratio by setting a proper time window in which the lava effusion was confidentially observed. By substituting the observed volume ratio into the analytical expression, we estimated the possible range of the effective chamber compressibility during the Shinmoedake eruptions. The effective chamber compressibility was also estimated using the rigidity of the surrounding host rocks and by assessing the chamber shape effects, where the rigidity was calculated from the seismic velocity. A comparison between these estimates revealed that under the assumption that the magma chamber is spherical, bubblefree magma in the chamber originating from efficient gas segregation under an open system is needed to explain the observed geodetic data and volume ratio. Our results indicate that combining multiobservation data based on the volume ratio provides valuable information about the magma storage process, such as the behavior of the gas phase in the magma chamber. Further analysis based on more sophisticated inversions of the multiobservation data may promote a detailed understanding of the magma chamber dynamics.
Appendix
In this appendix, we show the complete forms of the density and compressibility of the liquid (\(\rho _\text{l}\) and \(\kappa _\text{l}\)) and crystals (\(\rho _\text{c}\) and \(\kappa _\text{c}\)) as well as n, R, dn/dp, and dR/dp used in Eqs. (7) and (9).
The dependence of the liquid density \(\rho _\text{l}\) on temperature, pressure, and melt composition is modeled based on Lange and Carmichael (1990) and Iacovino and Till (2019) as follows:
where \(X_i\) and \(M_i\) are the mole fraction and molecular weight of oxide component i in the melt, and \(V_\text{l}\) is the volume of liquid:
Here, \(V_i(T_\text{ref}, p_\text{a})\) is the partial molar volume of component i in the liquid at reference temperature \(T_\text{ref}\) and atmospheric pressure \(p_\text{a}\) (\(=10^5\) Pa) and \(d{\overline{V}}_i/dT\) and \(d{\overline{V}}_i/dp\) are the temperature and pressure derivatives of the partial molar volume of component i. The values of \(V_i(T_\text{ref}, p_\text{a})\), \(d{\overline{V}}_i/dT\), and \(d{\overline{V}}_i/dp\) are summarized in Lesher and Spera (2015), and the oxide components are SiO\(_2\), TiO\(_2\), Al\(_2\)O\(_3\), FeO, MgO, CaO, Na\(_2\)O, K\(_2\)O, H\(_2\)O, and CO\(_2\). Using Eq. (10), the liquid compressibility \(\kappa _\text{l}\) is obtained as follows:
The density and the compressibility of the crystals (\(\rho _\text{c}\) and \(\kappa _\text{c}\)) are expressed as follows:
and
where the subscript j corresponds to crystal species and \(\kappa _{\text{c}j}\) is the compressibility of crystal j, which can be calculated from the inverse of the bulk modulus of the crystal. The crystals of the basaltic andesite magma in the deep magma chamber are reported to be olivine (3.4 vol.%) and highAn plagioclase (5.5 vol.%) (Suzuki et al. 2013). The bulk moduli of olivine and highAn plagioclase were set as 120 and 80 GPa, respectively (Mao et al. 2015; Brown et al. 2016).
The gas constant R for the H\(_2\)O–CO\(_2\) mixture is expressed as follows:
where \(M_\mathrm {H_2O}\) and \(M_\mathrm {CO_2}\) are the molecular weights of H\(_2\)O and CO\(_2\), respectively, and \(R'\) is the molar gas constant (8.314 J K\(^{1}\) mol\(^{1}\)). The pressure derivatives of R and n, which are used in Eq. (7), are obtained from Eqs. (5) and (15) as follows:
and
respectively.
The dissolved H\(_2\)O and CO\(_2\) concentrations (\(c_\mathrm {H_2O}\) and \(c_\mathrm {CO_2}\)) and total concentration c (\(=c_\mathrm {H_2O} + c_\mathrm {CO_2}\)) are calculated based on the solubility model by IaconoMarziano et al. (2012), which enables us to express the concentration as a function of mole fraction of H\(_2\)O in the gas phase (\(x_\mathrm {H_2O}\)) for given temperature, pressure, and melt composition. The pressure derivatives of the concentration (\(d c_\mathrm {H_2O}/d p\), \(d c_\mathrm {CO_2}/d p\) and dc/dp) are numerically calculated.
The above formulation enables us to describe \(\Delta V_\text{E}/\Delta V_\text{G}\) as a function of \(x_\mathrm {H_2O}\) for specific pressures and magmatic properties. In the numerical procedure, we first determine \(x_\mathrm {H_2O}\) using the following relation:
where \(x_\mathrm {CO_{2}}\) is the mole fraction of CO\(_2\) in the gas phase. Equation (18) is used for implicitly determining \(x_\mathrm {H_2O}\).
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Abbreviations
 GNSS:

Global Navigation Satellite System
 SAR:

Synthetic Aperture Radar
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Kozono, T., Koyaguchi, T., Ueda, H. et al. Constraints on magma storage conditions based on geodetic volume change and erupted magma volume and application to the 2011 and 2018 eruptions at Kirishima Shinmoedake volcano, Japan. Earth Planets Space 75, 100 (2023). https://doi.org/10.1186/s40623023018512
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Keywords
 Volcanic eruption
 Magma chamber
 Magma dynamics
 Geodetic observation