JAPAN – Images and videos published online on Friday showed enormous clouds of smoke and ash from Japan’s Sakurajima volcano over Kyushu Island.
Sakurajima, located on Kyushu’s southernmost main island, is one of the world’s most active volcanoes. Every four to twenty-four hours, it spews ash and lava.
The volcano is also located off the shore of Kagoshima, a 600,000-person metropolis.
Furthermore, the eruption produced a dense dark ash plume that reached approximately 7,000 feet (2,100 meters) altitude and launched lava bombs 300 meters away from the crater, with some lava bombs reaching distances of more than 1.5 kilometers. Sulfur dioxide (SO2) emissions were abundant in the plume.
Magma is being stored in a magma chamber within the Aira caldera, where it will continue to increase throughout time.
According to the Japan Meteorological Agency, ballistic impacts from volcanic bombs and pyroclastic flows might affect a region roughly 2 kilometers away from the main crater.
It is considered an extremely dangerous volcano and is closely watched due to its explosive potential.
According to volcanodiscovery.com, its most powerful eruptions occurred between 1471 and 1476, as well as in 1914.
Japan is located at the meeting point of four tectonic plates, which causes frequent volcanic eruptions and 20% of the world’s most powerful earthquakes.