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Sakurajima Record Eruption

Located just across the bay from Kagoshima City (population 600,000), Sakurajima, one of Japan’s most active volcanoes, experienced one of its most powerful eruptions in decades Sunday, sending an ash a 5,000 meters into the air (a record since 1995). The volcano began to erupt at 4:31 p.m. local time Sunday. Visibility in the city of Kagoshima, where the volcano sits, deteriorated quickly as ash fell onto populated portions of the city and a pyroclastic flow, a fast-moving current of gas and rock, was observed along a one-kilometer (0.6-mile) swath on the southeast flank of the mountain. Watch a video report here: http://youtu.be/CH12gKEcWSA

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Published: Aug 19, 2013 / Last Updated: Apr 1, 2016

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