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Sakurajima volcano
stratovolcano 1117 m / 3,665 ft
Kyushu, Japan, 31.59°N / 130.66°E
Current status: erupting (4 out of 5)
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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
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Sakurajima volcano (Kyushu, Japan): unusually strong eruptions said to be the largest eruption in 2 years

Wednesday Mar 14, 2012 11:31 AM | BY: T

Moderately large eruptions have occurred at Mt. Sakurajima volcano in southern Kyushu, Japan. During the past few days, several vulcanian-type explosions took place that ejected large amounts of bombs, with some of 50 cm diameter landing in up to 2 km distance. Ash plumes produced reached a modest altitude of 8000 ft (ca. 2.5 km) (VAAC Tokyo).
According to various news agencies quoting the Japanese Meteorological Agency an eruption that was videotaped on Monday was "the largest since 2009". This statement appears a somehow questionable, because the activity rather looks like more than slightly more than average activity.
No injures or significant damage have been reported.
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Previous news
Thursday, Mar 08, 2012
Sakurajima volcano appears to be at higher levels of activity, as the last week has seen an increased average number and size of eruptions. According to the latest USGS / Smithsonian report "explosions during the past week "often" produced plumes that rose to altitudes of 1.2-3 km (4,000-10,000 ft) a.s.l. and drifted NW, E, and SE." Many obseervations of ash plumes originate of analysis of satellite data and dedicated Volcanic Ash Advisory Centers (VAAC) around the world monitor them and transmit real-time information about hazardous ash plumes to aircraft and air traffic control centers. Such reports are often complemented by direct observations from pilots passing nearby. ... [more]
Tuesday, Feb 28, 2012
Explosions on 22 and 24 February produced plumes that rose to altitudes of 1.5-1.8 km (5,000-6,000 ft) a.s.l. and drifted NE. [more]
Thursday, Feb 23, 2012
Tokyo VAAC reported that during 15-16 and 18-21 February explosions from Sakura-jima produced plumes that rose to altitudes of 1.8-2.4 km (6,000-8,000 ft) a.s.l. and drifted NE, E, and SE. [more]
Tuesday, Feb 14, 2012
During 8-14 February explosions from Sakura-jima produced plumes that rose to altitudes of 1-3 km (3,000-10,000 ft) a.s.l. and drifted E and SE. On 11 February an ash plume that rose to an altitude of 2.4 km (8,000 ft) a.s.l., drifted E, and later dissipated. A pilot observation indicated an ash plume rising to an altitude of 1.8 km (6,000 ft) a.s.l. and drifting NE on 11 February. [more]
Sunday, Feb 12, 2012
Tokyo VAAC reported that during 1-7 February explosions from Sakura-jima produced plumes that rose to altitudes of 1.2-3.7 km (4,000-12,000 ft) a.s.l. and drifted E and SE. On 5 and 6 February pilots observed ash plumes that rose to an altitude of 2.1 km (7,000 ft) a.s.l. and 3.7 km (12,000 ft) a.s.l. respectively. (USGS / GVP weekly activity report) [more]

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