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Eruption at Sakura-jima 10 March 2009

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Sakura-jima 10 March 2009 (6)

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.

Sakura-jima 10 March 2009 (1)

Sakura-jima 10 March 2009 (2)

Sakura-jima 10 March 2009 (3)

Sakura-jima 10 March 2009 (4)

Sakura-jima 10 March 2009 (5)

Sakura-jima 10 March 2009 (6)

News
Volcano erupts in JapanStraits Times, 10 March 2009
Japan’s Sakura-jima volcano erupts – BBC News, 10 March 2009

Information
Global Volcanism Program: Sakura-jima – summary information for Sakura-jima (0802-08=)
Japan Meteorological Agency – English-language homepage for the JMA

The Volcanism Blog

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