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Sakurajima volcano is known for its irregular (typically 1-2 per day) strombolian to vulcanian-type explosions which sometimes can reach considerable size and eject ash and bombs to several kilometers height and distance.
This semi-persistant activity has been going on since 1955, but fluctuates a lot in intensity in rhythms of typically weeks to few months.
Starting from late August, we try to list single explosions (at least those recorded by Tokyo VAAC and other sources). If you like to help us keep the table updates, please feel free to drop a message!
Here's what a typical (relatively strong) vulcanian explosion looks like (3 Oct 2013 Nov 19:33 GMT, or 4 Oct 04:33 local time):
 

Latest VAAC advisories (read more)

List of explosions from Sakurajima

Date and time (UTC) Time UTC Elevation of ash cloud Source   
 (Japan time JST = UTC+09:00)    
24 Feb 07:39 (explosion) 7.000 ft (2.1 km) VAAC  
0Z Dec VA: D (ash plume obs.) unknown VAAC  
0Z  VA: E (ash plume obs.) unknown VAAC  
23 Feb 01:40 (ash plume obs.) 5.000 ft (1.5 km) VAAC  
18 Feb 23:20 (explosion) 9.000 ft (2.7 km) VAAC  
 10:47 (explosion) 7.000 ft (2.1 km) VAAC  
11 Feb 13:01 (explosion) 7.000 ft (2.1 km) VAAC  
Y.  VA: I (ash plume obs.) unknown VAAC  
21 Jan 05:52 (ash plume obs.) 11.000 ft (3.4 km) VAAC  
 05:29 (explosion) 10.000 ft (3.1 km) VAAC  
20 Jan 00:27 (ash plume obs.) 6.000 ft (1.8 km) VAAC  
0Z Dec VA: D (ash plume obs.) unknown VAAC  
19 Jan 05:10 (ash plume obs.) 5.000 ft (1.5 km) VAAC  
0Z  VA: D (ash plume obs.) unknown VAAC  
0Z Dec VA: C (ash plume obs.) unknown VAAC  
18 Jan 06:17 (explosion) 9.000 ft (2.7 km) VAAC  
0Z  VA: C (ash plume obs.) unknown VAAC  
18 Jan 01:24 (explosion) 12.000 ft (3.7 km) VAAC  
0Z  VA: E (ash plume obs.) unknown VAAC  
17 Jan 13:30 (ash plume obs.) 6.000 ft (1.8 km) VAAC  
 01:36 (explosion) 8.000 ft (2.4 km) VAAC  
Y.  VA: I (ash plume obs.) unknown VAAC  
16 Jan 03:30 (ash plume obs.) 5.000 ft (1.5 km) VAAC  
15 Jan 22:49 (explosion) 8.000 ft (2.4 km) VAAC  
 19:03 (explosion) 9.000 ft (2.7 km) VAAC  
 17:10 (explosion) 6.000 ft (1.8 km) VAAC  
 12:00 (ash plume obs.) 8.000 ft (2.4 km) VAAC  
0Z  VA: C (ash plume obs.) unknown VAAC  
0Z  VA: E (ash plume obs.) unknown VAAC  
14 Jan 21:08 (explosion) 9.000 ft (2.7 km) VAAC  
 21:08 (explosion) 7.000 ft (2.1 km) VAAC  
 07:10 (ash plume obs.) 6.000 ft (1.8 km) VAAC  
12 Jan 17:41 (explosion) 8.000 ft (2.4 km) VAAC  
10 Jan 12:02 (explosion) unknown VAAC  
06 Jan 08:50 (ash plume obs.) 8.000 ft (2.4 km) VAAC  
 08:44 (explosion) 7.000 ft (2.1 km) VAAC  
0Z  VA: D (ash plume obs.) unknown VAAC  
0Z Dec VA: C (ash plume obs.) unknown VAAC  
01 Jan 07:46 (ash plume obs.) 8.000 ft (2.4 km) VAAC  
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