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Sakura-jima: eruptive activity increases 13 March 2012

Posted by admin in activity reports, eruptions, Japan, Sakura-jima.

Situated in the south of Kyushu, the southernmost of the four main islands making up the Japanese archipelago, Sakura-jima is one of the world’s most active volcanoes. The Global Volcanism Program records Sakura-jima’s current eruption as having begun in October 1955, so it has now been on the go continuously for more than half a century.

Over the past couple of weeks Sakura-jima has shown an increase in the level of its activity, with ash explosions increasing in size and frequency. Yesterday there was a sizeable explosion which the Japan Meteorological Agency classed as the most powerful since 2009 (‘Foot-wide rocks were expulsed over a mile away’ reports the Daily Telegraph, incoherent with excitement), and today the activity has continued with violent explosions, lava fountaining, and pyroclastic material being ‘expulsed’ up to 2 km altitude.

Volcano erupts violently in JapanDaily Telegraph, 13 March 2012 (video)
Moment volcano erupted in Japan – BBC News, 13 March 2012 (video)

Global Volcanism Program: Sakura-jima – summary information for Sakura-jima (0802-08=)

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