Major eruption of Mount Sakurajima, Japan

Major eruption of Mount Sakurajima, Japan

A major eruption occurred at Mount Sakurajima volcano in Kagoshima Prefecture, southwestern Japan at 22:56 UTC on June 5, 2017 (07:56 JST on June 6). This is the second significant eruption at the volcano in recent weeks. The eruption occured at Showa crater,…

Sakurajima rains ash on Kagoshima city, Japan

Sakurajima rains ash on Kagoshima city, Japan

Another powerful eruption took place at Japan's Mount Sakurajima at 18:20 UTC on May 1, 2017 (03:20 JST, May 2). The eruption ejected ash up to 4.9 km (16 000 feet) above sea level toward Kagoshima city where it caused significant ash fall. Sakurajima blew its…

Strong eruption at Sakurajima volcano, ash to 4.3 km (14 000 feet) a.s.l.

Strong eruption at Sakurajima volcano, ash to 4.3 km (14 000 feet) a.s.l.

A powerful explosive eruption occurred at the Showa crater of Sakurajima volcano in Kagoshima Prefecture, southwestern Japan at 02:01 UTC on April 28, 2017 (11:01 JST). Several smaller eruptions followed. The Japan Meteorological Agency said it is the first such…

Increased activity at Sakurajima’s Minamidake crater, Japan

Increased activity at Sakurajima’s Minamidake crater, Japan

After several relatively calm weeks, eruptions have picked up again at Japan's Sakurajima volcano. This time, the center of increased activity is Minamidake crater, Sakurajima's old summit vent, instead of the usual Showa crater. After a gradual increase of…

Sakurajima volcano eruption level intensifies to moderately strong

Sakurajima volcano eruption level intensifies to moderately strong

A moderately strong explosive eruption was observed from the Showa crater of Sakurajima volcano, 50 km from the Sendai nuclear station in Japan on February 5, 2016. An ash plume rose to approximately 3 km (10 000 feet) altitude. The explosive eruption occurred at…

Most beautiful volcanic eruption – Sakurajima, Japan

Most beautiful volcanic eruption – Sakurajima, Japan

Video below was captured by meteorologist Robert Speta of the WestPacWx during the early morning hours of February 3, 2015. Sunrise provided a reddish tint in the ash.Notice lightning at 0:18 min. Video courtesy of WestPacWxTokyo VAAC reports an explosion at 06:55 UTC t

Intense explosions at Sakurajima, Japan

Intense explosions at Sakurajima, Japan

Intense explosions accompanied by volcanic ash which is falling on nearby communities are continually observed at Japanese Sakurajima volcano.The Tokyo VAAC reported an explosion at 03:38 UTC today sent volcanic ash up to 2.7 km. Explosion at 09:41 UTC sent ash up 3 km.