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Satellite image of Sakura Jima volcano (c) Google Earth View
Image satellite du volcan Sakura Jima (c) Google Earth View
Sakurajima volcano
stratovolcano 1117 m / 3,665 ft
Kyushu, Japan, 31.59°N / 130.66°E
Current status: erupting (4 out of 5) Sakurajima volcano eruptions:
1955-ongoing, 1954(?), 1950, 1948, 1946, 1942, 1941, 1940, 1939, 1938, 1935, 1914-15, 1899(?), 1860, 1799, 1797, 1794, 1792, 1791, 1790, 1785, 1783, 1782, 1779-81, 1756, 1749, 1742, 1706, 1678, 1670(?), 1642, 1478, 1471-76, 1468, 778, 766, 764, 716-18, 712(?), 708
Typical eruption style:
Explosive

Sakurajima volcano tours:
Sakurajima Volcano Special (5-day volcano expedition to observe Sakurajima volcano's activity from close)

Sakurajima volcano news

Wed, 11 Nov 2015, 17:07
Activity at the volcano remains comparably low. During 2-6 November, only two small-scale eruptions occurred at the Showa Crater. Alert level is kept at 3 out of 5.
Fri, 6 Nov 2015, 06:15
Activity remains low. Only small-scale explosions occurred during the past weeks from the Showa crater. The Alert Level remains at 3 (out of 5).
Fri, 23 Oct 2015, 05:12
The volcano has been relatively calm during the past weeks. JMA reported small explosions at the Showa crater during 13-16 October. Read more...
Fri, 4 Sep 2015, 08:43
Eruption from Sakurajima volcano this morning
After 3 weeks with almost no or no significant explosions, the volcano seems to be back in its typical state of activity that has been going on for years (but been quite elevated during the past years in comparison): intermittent small to moderately sized vulcanian-type explosions from the Showa crater have resumed since 1 Sep, producing ash plumes that rose to heights of 5-9,000 ft (1.5 - 2.7 km) altitude. Read more...
Thu, 3 Sep 2015, 06:50
The alert level was downgraded back to 3 (out of 5) last Tuesday as signs of unrest and the risk of a sudden major explosion have decreased. Read more... read all
Mon, 24 Aug 2015, 08:27
The likelihood of a feared larger eruption seems to be decreasing as the volcano has slowly been resuming small explosive activity and shots of the crater show the presence of fresh lava. Read more... read all
Fri, 21 Aug 2015, 11:32
The blocked Showa crater of Sakurajima (image: Asahi Shimbun)
According to Japanese scientists, the scenario of a major eruption at the volcano is becoming more and more likely. The Asahi Shimbun news agency sent a drone to photograph the crater, confirming that a flat dome is currently blocking the conduit. Read more... read all
Fri, 21 Aug 2015, 09:04
Sakurajima's lava dome inside Showa crater
A pancake-shaped flat dome of lava has been detected inside the Showa summit crater. This type of dome is typical for moderately viscous and gas-poor lava (typically andesitic composition) extruded at subduction-zone stratovolcanoes. Read more...
Wed, 19 Aug 2015, 15:45
More worrying signs of volcanic unrest started to appear: according to FNN News, volcanic gas releases have been detected at the sea floor of the Futatsumata Port on the northern shore of Sakurajima peninsula (located approx 4 km from summit).
Wed, 19 Aug 2015, 12:40
Inferometry map of Sakurajima showing large deformation (inflation) of the summit area
The most recent radar measurements done by ALOS-2 satellite of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) show that the summit of the volcano has inflated by the enormous amount of approx. 16 cm during the interval 4 Jan - 17 August this year. Read more...
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