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Japan: Sakurajima Volcano Awakens Suddenly With A Blast

Sakurajima Volcano

The Sakurajima volcano in Kyushu, Southern Japan erupted with a blast after an unusual ‘silent’ period in the wake of the island’s recent earthquakes.

Sakurajima, which is located 50 kilometres (30 miles) from the Sendai nuclear plant, resumed activity and erupted again on April 30th with multiple explosions spewing ash high into the sky.

Russia Today reports:

Footage captured by University of Tokyo webcams situated around the volcano show explosions of ash rising more than 3,500 meters above the crater.

The blast also caused fast-moving currents of hot gas and rock to slide down the side of the volcano.

The volcano, which normally experiences daily minor eruptions, ceased activity just before a magnitude-7.0 earthquake struck Kyushu on April 17. The earthquake occurred north of Sakurajima, causing three feet (one meter) of lateral movement to the southwest.

Japan’s meteorological agency is continuing to issue volcanic ash advisories for Sakurajima.

Sakurajima’s most powerful eruption happened in 1914 with lava flows filling the space between the island and mainland, turning it into a peninsula.

It erupted dramatically in February of this year with a fiery blast, shooting lava down its slope, prompting Japan’s meteorological agency to issue an orange warning.