Sakurajima volcano has erupted, sending a giant ash column close to a mile into the sky. The volcano, one of the most active in the world, erupted at about 4pm local time. Locals posted photos and video clips on social media showing the gigantic eruption.
Where is Sakurajima volcano?
Sakurajima is an active composite volcano, formerly an island and now a peninsula, in Kagoshima Prefecture in Kyushu, Japan.
The lava flows from an eruption in 1914 connected the island to the peninsula.
The volcano itself is located about five miles from a city with half a million residents and 30 miles from a nuclear power plant.
Its summit has three peaks, Kita-dake (northern peak), Naka-dake (central peak) and Minami-dake (southern peak) which is active now.
Sakurajima, which translates into “cherry blossom island”, has erupted a number of times this month.
The high activity has forced official to warn the public of volcanic ash.
According to Japan’s meteorological agency the ash column extended almost a mile into the sky.
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A volcanic ash advisory has been issued as a result.
The current warning level is three out of five, meaning “minor volcanic eruption”.
Sakurajima is one of the most active volcanoes in the world.
Its ongoing typical activity range from strong strombolian to large ash explosions every four to 24 hours.
On September 13, 2016 a team of experts from Bristol University and the Sakurajima Volcano Research Centre in Japan suggested that the volcano could have a major eruption within 30 years.
The volcano’s eruptive history has been recorded since the 8th century.
It has frequently deposited ash on Kagoshima, and due to its explosive potential, considered a very dangerous volcano and closely monitored.
The largest historical eruptions of Sakurajima took place during 1471-76 and in 1914.