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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)    
0Z  VA: D (ash plume obs.) unknown VAAC  
24 Jun 03:58 (explosion) 8.000 ft (2.4 km) VAAC  
 02:27 (explosion) 9.000 ft (2.7 km) VAAC  
23 Jun 15:34 (explosion) unknown VAAC  
Y.  VA: I (ash plume obs.) unknown VAAC  
13 Jun 00:21 (explosion) 9.000 ft (2.7 km) VAAC  
11 Jun 05:31 (explosion) 11.000 ft (3.4 km) VAAC  
0Z Dec VA: D (ash plume obs.) unknown VAAC  
0Z  VA: C (ash plume obs.) unknown VAAC  
23 May 04:01 (explosion) 8.000 ft (2.4 km) VAAC  
22 May 23:35 (explosion) 9.000 ft (2.7 km) VAAC  
Y.  VA: I (ash plume obs.) unknown VAAC  
21 May 23:36 (explosion) 6.000 ft (1.8 km) VAAC  
14 May 01:26 (explosion) 9.000 ft (2.7 km) VAAC  
13 May 11:32 (explosion) 8.000 ft (2.4 km) VAAC  
 04:43 (explosion) 10.000 ft (3.1 km) VAAC  
 04:43 (explosion) 9.000 ft (2.7 km) VAAC  
0Z Dec VA: D (ash plume obs.) unknown VAAC  
0Z  VA: E (ash plume obs.) unknown VAAC  
11 May 21:34 (explosion) 13.000 ft (4 km) VAAC  
10 May 21:53 (explosion) 9.000 ft (2.7 km) VAAC  
0Z  VA: D (ash plume obs.) unknown VAAC  
06 May 23:06 (ash plume obs.) 10.000 ft (3.1 km) VAAC  
 22:57 (explosion) 9.000 ft (2.7 km) VAAC  
 22:57 (explosion) 7.000 ft (2.1 km) VAAC  
 05:29 (explosion) 9.000 ft (2.7 km) VAAC  
 05:29 (explosion) 7.000 ft (2.1 km) VAAC  
04 May 04:44 (explosion) 8.000 ft (2.4 km) VAAC  
 00:00 (explosion) 8.000 ft (2.4 km) VAAC  
02 May 09:22 (explosion) 7.000 ft (2.1 km) VAAC  
01 May 14:34 (explosion) 6.000 ft (1.8 km) VAAC  
 04:00 (explosion) 6.000 ft (1.8 km) VAAC  
24 Apr 21:38 (explosion) 5.000 ft (1.5 km) VAAC  
22 Apr 04:15 (explosion) 9.000 ft (2.7 km) VAAC  
 00:08 (explosion) 8.000 ft (2.4 km) VAAC  
16 Apr 15:03 (explosion) 11.000 ft (3.4 km) VAAC  
 15:03 (explosion) 7.000 ft (2.1 km) VAAC  
13 Apr 06:42 (explosion) 9.000 ft (2.7 km) VAAC  
Y.  VA: I (ash plume obs.) unknown VAAC  
13 Apr 02:20 (explosion) 11.000 ft (3.4 km) VAAC  
 02:20 (explosion) 7.000 ft (2.1 km) VAAC  
0Z  VA: D (ash plume obs.) unknown VAAC  
0Z  VA: C (ash plume obs.) unknown VAAC  
07 Apr 14:50 (explosion) 8.000 ft (2.4 km) VAAC  
 14:50 (explosion) 7.000 ft (2.1 km) VAAC  
06 Apr 17:51 (explosion) 6.000 ft (1.8 km) VAAC  
0Z  VA: D (ash plume obs.) unknown VAAC  
0Z Dec VA: C (ash plume obs.) unknown VAAC  
01 Apr 07:57 (explosion) 7.000 ft (2.1 km) VAAC  
29 Mar 06:50 (explosion) 8.000 ft (2.4 km) VAAC  
28 Mar 14:25 (explosion) 8.000 ft (2.4 km) VAAC  
 13:58 (explosion) 7.000 ft (2.1 km) VAAC  
0Z  VA: D (ash plume obs.) unknown VAAC  
27 Mar 01:10 (ash plume obs.) 5.000 ft (1.5 km) VAAC  
25 Mar 00:00 (ash plume obs.) 6.000 ft (1.8 km) VAAC  
0Z  VA: D (ash plume obs.) unknown VAAC  
0Z Dec VA: E (ash plume obs.) unknown VAAC  
24 Mar 05:28 (explosion) 7.000 ft (2.1 km) VAAC  
19 Mar 04:08 (ash plume obs.) 5.000 ft (1.5 km) VAAC  
18 Mar 09:23 (explosion) 10.000 ft (3.1 km) VAAC  
 08:45 (explosion) 9.000 ft (2.7 km) VAAC  
 02:56 (explosion) 8.000 ft (2.4 km) VAAC  
0Z  VA: D (ash plume obs.) unknown VAAC  
0Z Dec VA: C (ash plume obs.) unknown VAAC  
17 Mar 04:50 (explosion) 9.000 ft (2.7 km) VAAC  
16 Mar 02:54 (ash plume obs.) 7.000 ft (2.1 km) VAAC  
Y.  VA: I (ash plume obs.) unknown VAAC  
15 Mar 06:20 (ash plume obs.) 5.000 ft (1.5 km) VAAC  
0Z  VA: D (ash plume obs.) unknown VAAC  
15 Mar 03:03 (explosion) 13.000 ft (4 km) VAAC  
 03:03 (explosion) 9.000 ft (2.7 km) VAAC  
 00:58 (explosion) 9.000 ft (2.7 km) VAAC  
14 Mar 22:45 (explosion) 8.000 ft (2.4 km) VAAC  
 18:34 (explosion) 9.000 ft (2.7 km) VAAC  
 14:23 (explosion) 15.000 ft (4.6 km) VAAC  
 14:23 (explosion) 13.000 ft (4 km) VAAC  
Y.  VA: I (ash plume obs.) unknown VAAC  
14 Mar 02:31 (explosion) 7.000 ft (2.1 km) VAAC  
Y.  VA: I (ash plume obs.) unknown VAAC  
12 Mar 17:21 (explosion) 7.000 ft (2.1 km) VAAC  
Y.  VA: I (ash plume obs.) unknown VAAC  
0Z  VA: E (ash plume obs.) unknown VAAC  
11 Mar 04:34 (explosion) 7.000 ft (2.1 km) VAAC  
10 Mar 01:32 (explosion) unknown VAAC  
09 Mar 04:27 (explosion) 10.000 ft (3.1 km) VAAC  
 04:10 (explosion) 9.000 ft (2.7 km) VAAC  
 04:10 (explosion) 8.000 ft (2.4 km) VAAC  
02 Mar 23:25 (explosion) 10.000 ft (3.1 km) VAAC  
 23:25 (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  
01 Mar 03:09 (explosion) 12.000 ft (3.7 km) VAAC  
 03:09 (explosion) 7.000 ft (2.1 km) VAAC  
 01:10 (ash plume obs.) 6.000 ft (1.8 km) VAAC  
28 Feb 21:22 (explosion) 8.000 ft (2.4 km) VAAC  
27 Feb 04:39 (explosion) 8.000 ft (2.4 km) VAAC  
26 Feb 19:39 (explosion) 7.000 ft (2.1 km) VAAC  
Y.  VA: I (ash plume obs.) unknown VAAC  
0Z Dec VA: E (ash plume obs.) unknown VAAC  
0Z  VA: E (ash plume obs.) unknown VAAC  
26 Feb 02:05 (explosion) 7.000 ft (2.1 km) VAAC  
23 Feb 18:15 (explosion) 8.000 ft (2.4 km) VAAC  
21 Feb 15:59 (explosion) 7.000 ft (2.1 km) VAAC  
Y.  VA: I (ash plume obs.) unknown VAAC  
0Z  VA: E (ash plume obs.) unknown VAAC  
21 Feb 01:43 (ash plume obs.) 7.000 ft (2.1 km) VAAC  
Y.  VA: I (ash plume obs.) unknown VAAC  
0Z  VA: C (ash plume obs.) unknown VAAC  
16 Feb 21:40 (explosion) 12.000 ft (3.7 km) VAAC  
 21:08 (explosion) 11.000 ft (3.4 km) VAAC  
 21:40 (explosion) 12.000 ft (3.7 km) VAAC  
 21:08 (explosion) 11.000 ft (3.4 km) VAAC  
13 Feb 21:24 (explosion) 9.000 ft (2.7 km) VAAC  
 21:24 (explosion) 7.000 ft (2.1 km) VAAC  
 00:26 (explosion) 8.000 ft (2.4 km) VAAC  
12 Feb 03:29 (ash plume obs.) 5.000 ft (1.5 km) VAAC  
10 Feb 06:18 (explosion) 6.000 ft (1.8 km) VAAC  
Y.  VA: I (ash plume obs.) unknown VAAC  
08 Feb 09:15 (explosion) 10.000 ft (3.1 km) VAAC  
 07:22 (explosion) 6.000 ft (1.8 km) VAAC  
 00:34 (ash plume obs.) 6.000 ft (1.8 km) VAAC  
07 Feb 10:19 (explosion) 8.000 ft (2.4 km) VAAC  
Y.  VA: I (ash plume obs.) unknown VAAC  
02 Feb 17:28 (explosion) 7.000 ft (2.1 km) VAAC  
01 Feb 05:00 (explosion) 6.000 ft (1.8 km) VAAC  
0Z Dec VA: D (ash plume obs.) unknown VAAC  
0Z  VA: E (ash plume obs.) unknown VAAC  
29 Jan 01:30 (ash plume obs.) 4.000 ft (1.2 km) VAAC  
Y.  VA: I (ash plume obs.) unknown VAAC  
26 Jan 07:06 (explosion) 9.000 ft (2.7 km) VAAC  
 07:06 (explosion) 8.000 ft (2.4 km) VAAC  
23 Jan 01:27 (ash plume obs.) unknown VAAC  
21 Jan 02:46 (ash plume obs.) 7.000 ft (2.1 km) VAAC  
18 Jan 19:01 (explosion) 8.000 ft (2.4 km) VAAC  
16 Jan 15:50 (explosion) 8.000 ft (2.4 km) VAAC  
09 Jan 09:27 (explosion) 11.000 ft (3.4 km) VAAC  
 09:27 (explosion) 8.000 ft (2.4 km) VAAC  
0Z  VA: D (ash plume obs.) unknown VAAC  
0Z  VA: C (ash plume obs.) unknown VAAC  
06 Jan 15:15 (explosion) 9.000 ft (2.7 km) VAAC  
0Z Dec VA: D (ash plume obs.) unknown VAAC  
0Z  VA: C (ash plume obs.) unknown VAAC  
06 Jan 01:21 (explosion) 11.000 ft (3.4 km) VAAC  
 01:21 (explosion) 8.000 ft (2.4 km) VAAC  
0Z  VA: D (ash plume obs.) unknown VAAC  
03 Jan 10:32 (explosion) 8.000 ft (2.4 km) VAAC  
 10:32 (explosion) 7.000 ft (2.1 km) VAAC  
02 Jan 20:50 (explosion) 7.000 ft (2.1 km) VAAC  
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