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Sakurajima Erupts for 500th Time This Year

Posted by feww on August 18, 2013

Mount Sakurajima ejects a 5000-meter ash plume

Sakurajima volcano in southern Japan erupted Sunday afternoon spewing a  mushroom-shaped ash plume up to 5000 meters into the air, the highest plume ever recorded for the volcano.

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Sakurajima volcano erupts in southern Japan’s Kyushu prefecture ejecting a five-kilometer high plume of ash, the highest volcanic plume ever recorded for the volcano. 
Photo: Kagoshima Local Meteorological Observatory/ via AP.

The 1117-m high volcano dumped a large amount of volcanic ash over Kagoshima city, located at the southwestern tip of the island of Kyushu, causing train delays and poor visibility on the roads.

The 50-minute eruption, the volcano’s 500th so far this year, was accompanied by a lava flow which traveled about 1,000 meters down the SE flank of the volcano.

Sakurajima was placed on “Level 3 Alert” (Do not approach the volcano) on 21 March 2012, according to Japan’s Meteorological Agency (JMA)

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People used umbrellas and handkerchiefs to protect themselves against falling ash in Kagoshima city, Kagoshima Prefecture after Sakurajima eruption on Sunday August 18, 2013.  (Photo credit: Bunna Takizawa/ via Asahi Shimbun)

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