Strong volcanic activity that started at Sakurajima volcano, Japan on July 7, 2013 still continues. Throughout the night of July 15, 2013 explosions and ash emissions have been occurring with no pause.
Thinner an thicker ash plumes were constantly emitted by the volcano, accompanied by either no sound or by sounds of degassing. At night incandescence can be seen at the crater during emissions. Roughly every 6-8 hours Sakurajima produces vulcanic explosions ejecting solid glowing material, and producing loud detonations accompanied with tall ash plumes. (VD)
Volcanic ash advisory for Sakurajima volcano, on July 15, 2013 (Credit: Tokyo VAAC)
MTSAT-2 Infrared image showing Sakurajima volcano, on July 15, 2013 (Credit:Tokyo VAAC/MTSAT)
According to Tokyo VAAC, the ash cloud have reached around 4 km (13000 ft) in height on July 15, 2013 and was moving NE at a speed of 15 KT.
Featured image: Video screenshot - Sakurajima on June 13, 2013 (Credit: Seth Mythrax)