Sakurajima (also spelled Sakurashima or Sakura-jima, 桜島 in Japanese) volcano in southern Kyushu is one of the most active volcanoes in the world, and one of the few that are at present in constant (persistant) activity. Its ongoing typical activity range from strong strombolian to large ash explosions every 4-24 hours.
The volcano is located across Kagoshima Bay only 8 km east of the city of Kagoshima with a population of half a million. Sakurajima's eruptive history has been recorded since the 8th century. It has frequently deposited ash on Kagoshima, and due to its explosive potential, considered a very dangerous volcano and closely monitored.
The largest historical eruptions of Sakurajima took place during 1471-76 and in 1914.
Small vulcanian eruption at Sakurajima earlier today
Since its re-awakening in late March, the volcano seems to be back in its typical activity of intermittent small to moderate vulcanian explosions at rates of typically 2-3 per day. It also seems that since late April, it has picked up again to levels similar as during much of 2013-15, with sometimes larger explosions that generate tall ash plumes of up to 4-5 km height. ...more
Most of the explosions come from the younger Showa crater on the upper eastern flank, although some also occur from the older summit vent Minamidake. During the past days, 2-3 explosions have occurred each day, with ash plumes that rose to between 5,000 and 13,000 ft (1,500-4,000 m) altitude, i.e. ranging from a few hundreds to approx. 2,500 km. [less]
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