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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 Dec VA: D (ash plume obs.) unknown VAAC  
0Z  VA: C (ash plume obs.) unknown VAAC  
04 Apr 01:02 (explosion) 8.000 ft (2.4 km) VAAC  
25 Mar 13:28 (explosion) 9.000 ft (2.7 km) VAAC  
 09:03 (explosion) 6.000 ft (1.8 km) VAAC  
0Z  VA: D (ash plume obs.) unknown VAAC  
26 Jul 02:13 (ash plume obs.) 7.000 ft (2.1 km) VAAC  
0Z  VA: D (ash plume obs.) unknown VAAC  
0Z  VA: C (ash plume obs.) unknown VAAC  
25 Jul 15:02 (explosion) 20.000 ft (6.1 km) VAAC  
 15:02 (explosion) 10.000 ft (3.1 km) VAAC  
02 Jul 08:04 (ash plume obs.) 5.000 ft (1.5 km) VAAC  
0Z  VA: D (ash plume obs.) unknown VAAC  
01 Jul 19:13 (explosion) unknown VAAC  
03 Jun 14:53 (explosion) 9.000 ft (2.7 km) VAAC  
 05:56 (explosion) 8.000 ft (2.4 km) VAAC  
 01:26 (explosion) 8.000 ft (2.4 km) VAAC  
0Z  VA: D (ash plume obs.) unknown VAAC  
02 Jun 15:21 (explosion) 7.000 ft (2.1 km) VAAC  
0Z  VA: D (ash plume obs.) unknown VAAC  
22 May 03:47 (explosion) 9.000 ft (2.7 km) VAAC  
21 May 07:54 (explosion) 8.000 ft (2.4 km) VAAC  
 02:12 (explosion) 9.000 ft (2.7 km) VAAC  
20 May 23:56 (explosion) 11.000 ft (3.4 km) VAAC  
0Z Dec VA: D (ash plume obs.) unknown VAAC  
18 May 06:34 (explosion) 7.000 ft (2.1 km) VAAC  
 03:45 (ash plume obs.) 11.000 ft (3.4 km) VAAC  
 03:39 (explosion) 10.000 ft (3.1 km) VAAC  
 02:16 (explosion) 7.000 ft (2.1 km) VAAC  
17 May 22:03 (explosion) 9.000 ft (2.7 km) VAAC  
 17:55 (explosion) 7.000 ft (2.1 km) VAAC  
 10:48 (explosion) 8.000 ft (2.4 km) VAAC  
 07:52 (explosion) 8.000 ft (2.4 km) VAAC  
15 May 21:30 (explosion) 15.000 ft (4.6 km) VAAC  
 14:09 (explosion) 10.000 ft (3.1 km) VAAC  
0Z  VA: D (ash plume obs.) unknown VAAC  
0Z Dec VA: C (ash plume obs.) unknown VAAC  
13 May 07:38 (explosion) 15.000 ft (4.6 km) VAAC  
07 May 17:01 (explosion) 14.000 ft (4.3 km) VAAC  
02 May 05:39 (explosion) 7.000 ft (2.1 km) VAAC  
01 May 21:17 (explosion) 8.000 ft (2.4 km) VAAC  
0Z  VA: C (ash plume obs.) unknown VAAC  
01 May 06:36 (explosion) 17.000 ft (5.2 km) VAAC  
0Z  VA: D (ash plume obs.) unknown VAAC  
0Z  VA: C (ash plume obs.) unknown VAAC  
30 Apr 10:07 (explosion) 9.000 ft (2.7 km) VAAC  
0Z  VA: C (ash plume obs.) unknown VAAC  
30 Apr 01:24 (explosion) 14.000 ft (4.3 km) VAAC  
 00:25 (explosion) 15.000 ft (4.6 km) VAAC  
0Z  VA: D (ash plume obs.) unknown VAAC  
0Z  VA: C (ash plume obs.) unknown VAAC  
0Z Dec VA: C (ash plume obs.) unknown VAAC  
29 Apr 09:20 (explosion) 7.000 ft (2.1 km) VAAC  
 08:17 (explosion) 15.000 ft (4.6 km) VAAC  
0Z  VA: D (ash plume obs.) unknown VAAC  
0Z  VA: C (ash plume obs.) unknown VAAC  
28 Apr 14:16 (explosion) 6.000 ft (1.8 km) VAAC  
0Z  VA: D (ash plume obs.) unknown VAAC  
27 Apr 12:47 (explosion) unknown VAAC  
26 Apr 17:14 (explosion) 6.000 ft (1.8 km) VAAC  
0Z  VA: D (ash plume obs.) unknown VAAC  
0Z  VA: C (ash plume obs.) unknown VAAC  
17 Apr 10:24 (explosion) 10.000 ft (3.1 km) VAAC  
12 Apr 03:14 (explosion) 7.000 ft (2.1 km) VAAC  
11 Apr 22:19 (explosion) 8.000 ft (2.4 km) VAAC  
 18:56 (explosion) 9.000 ft (2.7 km) VAAC  
10 Apr 17:40 (explosion) 12.000 ft (3.7 km) VAAC  
09 Apr 14:13 (explosion) 10.000 ft (3.1 km) VAAC  
 09:10 (explosion) 12.000 ft (3.7 km) VAAC  
 04:58 (explosion) 9.000 ft (2.7 km) VAAC  
 01:48 (explosion) 14.000 ft (4.3 km) VAAC  
0Z  VA: D (ash plume obs.) unknown VAAC  
08 Apr 10:22 (explosion) 15.000 ft (4.6 km) VAAC  
07 Apr 17:54 (explosion) 6.000 ft (1.8 km) VAAC  
 00:57 (explosion) unknown VAAC  
06 Apr 04:33 (explosion) 15.000 ft (4.6 km) VAAC  
0Z  VA: D (ash plume obs.) unknown VAAC  
05 Apr 13:51 (explosion) 12.000 ft (3.7 km) VAAC  
0Z  VA: D (ash plume obs.) unknown VAAC  
04 Apr 21:40 (explosion) 14.000 ft (4.3 km) VAAC  
 08:01 (explosion) 8.000 ft (2.4 km) VAAC  
 07:32 (explosion) 7.000 ft (2.1 km) VAAC  
03 Apr 09:41 (explosion) 7.000 ft (2.1 km) VAAC  
 06:27 (explosion) 10.000 ft (3.1 km) VAAC  
02 Apr 21:08 (explosion) 10.000 ft (3.1 km) VAAC  
 17:52 (explosion) 13.000 ft (4 km) VAAC  
0Z  VA: D (ash plume obs.) unknown VAAC  
02 Apr 05:42 (explosion) 10.000 ft (3.1 km) VAAC  
0Z  VA: C (ash plume obs.) unknown VAAC  
01 Apr 18:11 (explosion) 14.000 ft (4.3 km) VAAC  
0Z  VA: C (ash plume obs.) unknown VAAC  
0Z Dec VA: C (ash plume obs.) unknown VAAC  
01 Apr 09:06 (explosion) 15.000 ft (4.6 km) VAAC  
0Z  VA: C (ash plume obs.) unknown VAAC  
31 Mar 21:07 (explosion) 10.000 ft (3.1 km) VAAC  
 01:43 (explosion) 7.000 ft (2.1 km) VAAC  
0Z  VA: D (ash plume obs.) unknown VAAC  
28 Mar 03:53 (explosion) 8.000 ft (2.4 km) VAAC  
0Z  VA: D (ash plume obs.) unknown VAAC  
27 Mar 17:40 (explosion) 5.000 ft (1.5 km) VAAC  
0Z  VA: D (ash plume obs.) unknown VAAC  
26 Mar 22:03 (explosion) 9.000 ft (2.7 km) VAAC  
0Z  VA: C (ash plume obs.) unknown VAAC  
26 Mar 13:26 (explosion) 10.000 ft (3.1 km) VAAC  
0Z Dec VA: C (ash plume obs.) unknown VAAC  
0Z  VA: C (ash plume obs.) unknown VAAC  
26 Mar 01:44 (explosion) 12.000 ft (3.7 km) VAAC  
0Z  VA: D (ash plume obs.) unknown VAAC  
25 Mar 17:48 (explosion) 12.000 ft (3.7 km) VAAC  
24 Mar 23:25 (explosion) 11.000 ft (3.4 km) VAAC  
23 Mar 16:59 (explosion) 10.000 ft (3.1 km) VAAC  
11 Mar 11:07 (explosion) 9.000 ft (2.7 km) VAAC  
08 Mar 09:20 (explosion) 10.000 ft (3.1 km) VAAC  
03 Mar 15:38 (explosion) 9.000 ft (2.7 km) VAAC  
29 Feb 16:25 (explosion) 7.000 ft (2.1 km) VAAC  
28 Feb 19:14 (explosion) unknown VAAC  
 03:19 (explosion) 11.000 ft (3.4 km) VAAC  
0Z  VA: D (ash plume obs.) unknown VAAC  
27 Feb 15:51 (explosion) 9.000 ft (2.7 km) VAAC  
 05:04 (explosion) 11.000 ft (3.4 km) VAAC  
26 Feb 12:25 (explosion) 8.000 ft (2.4 km) VAAC  
23 Feb 19:47 (explosion) 8.000 ft (2.4 km) VAAC  
22 Feb 06:04 (explosion) 8.000 ft (2.4 km) VAAC  
21 Feb 15:43 (explosion) 6.000 ft (1.8 km) VAAC  
 09:35 (explosion) 10.000 ft (3.1 km) VAAC  
 06:52 (explosion) 8.000 ft (2.4 km) VAAC  
 01:06 (explosion) 10.000 ft (3.1 km) VAAC  
0Z  VA: C (ash plume obs.) unknown VAAC  
20 Feb 20:59 (explosion) 7.000 ft (2.1 km) VAAC  
 04:30 (ash plume obs.) 9.000 ft (2.7 km) VAAC  
 04:09 (explosion) 8.000 ft (2.4 km) VAAC  
19 Feb 05:42 (explosion) 7.000 ft (2.1 km) VAAC  
0Z Dec VA: D (ash plume obs.) unknown VAAC  
18 Feb 07:30 (explosion) 7.000 ft (2.1 km) VAAC  
 06:39 (explosion) 7.000 ft (2.1 km) VAAC  
0Z  VA: D (ash plume obs.) unknown VAAC  
17 Feb 10:56 (explosion) 7.000 ft (2.1 km) VAAC  
0Z  VA: D (ash plume obs.) unknown VAAC  
17 Feb 02:23 (explosion) 9.000 ft (2.7 km) VAAC  
16 Feb 21:15 (explosion) 7.000 ft (2.1 km) VAAC  
 12:30 (explosion) unknown VAAC  
14 Feb 01:23 (ash plume obs.) 7.000 ft (2.1 km) VAAC  
13 Feb 19:20 (explosion) unknown VAAC  
 05:42 (explosion) unknown VAAC  
12 Feb 17:16 (explosion) unknown VAAC  
 08:05 (explosion) 8.000 ft (2.4 km) VAAC  
11 Feb 13:46 (explosion) 7.000 ft (2.1 km) VAAC  
 01:39 (explosion) 7.000 ft (2.1 km) VAAC  
10 Feb 21:43 (explosion) 6.000 ft (1.8 km) VAAC  
0Z Feb VA: C (ash plume obs.) unknown VAAC  
10 Feb 15:38 (explosion) 9.000 ft (2.7 km) VAAC  
 15:20 (explosion) 8.000 ft (2.4 km) VAAC  
 14:05 (explosion) 6.000 ft (1.8 km) VAAC  
 07:51 (explosion) 6.000 ft (1.8 km) VAAC  
09 Feb 11:06 (explosion) 5.000 ft (1.5 km) VAAC  
08 Feb 23:05 (explosion) 6.000 ft (1.8 km) VAAC  
 18:02 (explosion) 6.000 ft (1.8 km) VAAC  
0Z  VA: D (ash plume obs.) unknown VAAC  
08 Feb 11:46 (explosion) 6.000 ft (1.8 km) VAAC  
 08:12 (explosion) 10.000 ft (3.1 km) VAAC  
0Z  VA: C (ash plume obs.) unknown VAAC  
07 Feb 23:41 (explosion) 11.000 ft (3.4 km) VAAC  
 22:08 (explosion) 10.000 ft (3.1 km) VAAC  
0Z  VA: D (ash plume obs.) unknown VAAC  
0Z  VA: C (ash plume obs.) unknown VAAC  
05 Feb 09:56 (explosion) 10.000 ft (3.1 km) VAAC  
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