Japan’s Sakurajima Volcano Erupts With Fiery Blast

Posted: Feb 6 2016, 9:25am CST | by , Updated: Feb 6 2016, 9:47pm CST, in News | Latest Science News

Japan’s Sakurajima Volcano Erupts with Fiery Blast
Sajurajima erupts in a spectacular display of lava and lighting. Credit: KYODO

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Sakurajima caused dramatic lightning strikes against night sky.

Sakurajima, one of the most active volcanos in Japan, exploded violently on Friday and presented a spectacular display of lava and flashes of light.

According to Japan Times, mount Sakurajima, which is located just 30 miles away from a nuclear plant on the southern Island of Kyushu, erupted at 6:56 p.m., sending thick red lava down the slopes and covering clear sky with black cloud of smoke.

Japan Meteorological Agency has sent out a volcanic alert of level 3 and banned entry to the area around the crater to a 2 kilometer radius. No injuries and casualties have been reported so far.

Despite looking intense, experts consider the latest eruption ‘average’ compared to the Sakurajima eruptions in the past. Sakurajima experienced around 700 eruptions in 2015 alone and nearly 200 of them launched ashes over 6,000 feet into the sky.

Japan sits atop the “Ring of Fire” encircles the Pacific rim and has more than 100 active volcanoes, making it one of the most active volcanic zones in the world.

The volcanic activity in Sakurajima has been recorded as well which was a difficult task since volcanic lighting also burst through the lava and dark clouds of smoke.

Sakurajima has been monitored by JMA researchers since August 2015 when they had to issue a level 4 warning, meaning people should be ready to move out the area any time but since then it has gone back to level 3.

“Sakurajima volcano has been very active,” Manabu Hashimoto, a professor at the Disaster Prevention Research Institute at Kyoto University told ABC News. “I think most researchers consider that Sakurajima will erupt again.”

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