Eruption at Sakura-jima 10 March 2009Posted by admin in activity reports, eruptions, Japan, Sakura-jima.
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The highly active stratovolcano Sakura-jima in southern Japan has erupted, say English-language news reports this morning. There are reports of an explosion at 05:22 local time, lava flows, an eruption column of up to 1.2km altitude, and volcanic debris projected to distances of up to 2km from the crater.
The Tokyo VAAC has issued a volcanic ash advisory for the volcano, but no aviation colour code alert has yet been issued. The Japan Meteorological Agency has issued a warning to local residents. The BBC has a video of the current activity.
My thanks to a Japanese reader of this blog who has sent some stills from videos of today’s eruption. One of these images is at the top of the post; click on ‘more’ to see the full series of six below.