Strong eruption at Sakurajima volcano, pyroclastic flow, ashfall reported in Kagoshima, Japan

Strong eruption at Sakurajima volcano, pyroclastic flow, ashfall reported in Kagoshima, Japan

Support us AD-FREE

Producing content you read on this website takes a lot of time, effort, and hard work. If you value what we do here, please consider subscribing today.

SUBSCRIBE TODAY

A strong eruption took place from Sakurajima's Minamidake crater volcano at 22:20 UTC on June 15, 2018 (07:20 JST, June 16).

The eruption sent ash up to 4.7 km (15 400 feet) above the crater (5.8 km (19 000 feet) above sea level) and produced several pyroclastic flows. 

Ashfall was reported in the city of Kagoshima, capital of Kagoshima prefecture, located 8 km (5 miles) west of the volcano.

There were eight events and five explosions at Minamidake crater from June 4 to 11. Crater incandescence was occasionally visible at night. Ash plumes rose up to 2 km (1.2 miles) above the crater rim, except during an event at 11:35 JST on June 10 which produced a plume that rose 3.5 km (2.1 miles). Tephra was ejected as far as 1.3 km (0.8 miles) from the crater between June 8 and 11. 

The Japan Meteorological Agency maintains the alert level at 3 of 5 since February 5, 2016.

Featured image: Eruption of Sakurajima volcano at 22:20 UTC on June 15, 2018. Credit: Tomoaki Iwakiri

Register/become a supporter

Support us AD-FREE

Your support is crucial for our survival. It makes this project fully self-sustainable and keeps us independent and focused on the content we love to create and share. 

Monthly subscription

Subscription options

Yearly subscription

Subscription options

You'll receive your ad-free account for 20x faster browsing experience, clean interface without any distractions, ability to post comments without prior editorial check, all our desktop and mobile applications (current and upcoming) ad-free and with the full set of features available, a direct line of communication and much more. See all options.

Comments

No comments yet. Why don't you post the first comment?

Post a comment

Your name: *

Your email address: *

Comment text: *

The image that appears on your comment is your Gravatar