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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.
The volcano remains quite active, with an elevated number of explosions. Yesterday (22 Jan), there were at least 5 with ash plumes reaching 6-9000 ft (1.8-2.7 km). This is a lot considering the long-term average of 1-2 per day. User cubhf137 on youtube posted the following webcam-video of an explosion on 19 Jan:
The volcano has been relatively constant in its activity during the past days, having 2-3 "normal" small to moderate vulcanian explosions a day. Ash plumes reached elevations between 6-8,000 ft (1.8-2.4 km) altitude.
After taking a break during 23-25 Dec, the volcano has been quite productive today with at least 3 explosions so far today, including a moderately large one with ash rising to 10,000 ft (3 km) altitude.
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