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Guishan Island

Mountain information
NameGuishan Island
Elevation1315.6 ft (401 m)
Prominence1315.6 ft (401 m)
LocationEast China Sea, off the NE coast of Yilan, Taiwan
TypeStratovolcano
AgePleistocene
Last eruption1775-1795 AD

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Guishan Island or Steep Island or Turtle Island ( ), also known as Kueishan Island, is an island in the Pacific Ocean currently administered by Yilan County, Taiwan and located 9.1 km (5.7 mi) east of port of Gengfang Fishery Harbor. The island is the top of an andesite stratovolcano which rises from the seafloor. It is the only active volcano in Taiwan, displaying active fumaroles and solfataras. It has an area of 2.841 km2 (1.1 sqmi), and the highest point reaches 401 m (1315.6 ft) above sea level.

The local population, consisting mainly of fishermen, was relocated in 1977 due to the hardships associated with living on the island. Between 1977 and 2000 it became the site of a military base, and currently it is managed as a tourist destination and natural conservation area. There are restrictions for visitors due to environmental protection.


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