Sakurajima Volcano Explodes
Posted by feww on February 5, 2016
Sakurajimsa erupts at Showa crater
The explosive eruption occurred at 09:56UTC producing a large plume of smoke and ash followed by lava flow.
Authorities upgraded the volcanic warning to a “Level 3 (Do not approach the volcano).”
One of the most active volcanoes in the world, Sakurajima is located in Kagoshima Bay, southern Kyushu, Japan (about 1,100km WSW of Tokyo). The composite volcano has three peaks: Kitadake, Nakadake and Minamidake (southern peak).
Since 1955 the Minamidake crater, has been continually active. The ongoing activity includes strong strombolian to ash explosions at least once and as many as 8 times a day.
Sendai nuclear power station was built about 50km from the volcano, and despite hundreds of recent eruptions, it was restarted on August 11, 2015.
Sakurajima is a post-caldera cone of the Aira caldera, a gigantic caldera in the southern portion of the island of Kyushu. The caldera was formed by a massive VEI 7 eruption (~ 400km³ of ejecta), about 22,000 years ago, “shortly” after the Oruanui eruption of New Zealand’s Taupo Volcano.
In August 2015, a level 4 emergency warning [“prepare to evacuate”] was issued after the local “experts” warned that a major eruption was imminent.
- Sakurajima Volcano ‘Unhappy’ with Sendai Nuke Restart August 15, 2015
- Sakurajima Ejects Massive Column of Ash June 7, 2014
- Sakurajima Volcano Erupts Explosively May 11, 2014
- Sakurajima Erupts for 500th Time This Year August 18, 2013