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Kuchinoerabu-jima volcano
stratovolcanoes 657 m / 2,155 ft
Ryukyu Islands, Japan, 30.44°N / 130.22°E
Current status: minor activity or eruption warning (3 out of 5)
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Kuchinoerabu-jima volcano eruptions:
2015, 2014, 1980, 1976, 1974, 1973, 1972, 1968-69, 1966, 1945, 1933-34, 1932 (?), 1931, 1914, 1906-07 (?), 1841, 1840
radiocarbon-dated: 1560 ± 100 years, 1470 ± 50, 1440 ± 50, 1110 ± 75, 1100 ± 100, 970 AD ± 75, 600 AD ± 75, 1140 BC ± 150, 1450 BC ± 75, 3480 BC ± 150, 9520 BC ± 300
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Kuchinoerabu-jima volcano (Japan): strong eruption this morning, generating pyroclastic flow

Monday Feb 03, 2020 16:17 PM | BY: T
Eruption of Kuchinoerabujima volcano this morning (screenshot of JMA webcamera recording)
Eruption of Kuchinoerabujima volcano this morning (screenshot of JMA webcamera recording)
A strong explosive vulcanian-type eruption occurred this morning at the volcano: at 05:31 local time, a violent explosion with plenty of incandescent material (similar to a lava fountain) erupted and generated an ash plume that reached approx. 7000 m (21,000 ft) altitude and drifted into southerly directions.
Abundant volcanic lightning and a hot pyroclastic flow (looking like a quickly flowing lava flow) which quickly traveled to the lower base of the cone accompanied the eruption, as can be seen in the recording of the JMA webcams:

Ash fell all the way to Yakushima Island. No evacuation was called for the approx. 100 residents of the small island.
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