Fiery spectacle, large volcanic ash column after Mount Sakurajima eruption, Japan

Fiery spectacle, large volcanic ash column after Mount Sakurajima eruption, Japan

After several weeks of low to no activity, Sakurajima returned to its normal eruptive behavior with a strong explosion on November 13, 2018.

The volcano erupted in a fiery spectacle, belching out a massive column of volcanic ash 4 km (13 120 feet) above sea level, The Asahi Shimbun reports. This is 3 km above crater summit (9 800 feet).

The eruption occurred at around 15:45 UTC, November 13 (00:45 JST, November 14) at the mountain’s Minamidake summit vent.

This is the first time that the active volcano in southern Kyushu has spewed smoke of 4 km or higher since an eruption on July 16. It marks a third such eruption this year.

JMA maintains Alert Level 3 for the volcano since February, meaning the mountain is closed off.

Featured image credit @kamome_6D

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