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Volcanic Event – Eruptive Phase: Aira Caldera – Sakura-jima Volcano, Minamidake Crater, Japan


Sakurajima volcano (Japan): new series of vulcanian explosions from Minamidake crater

Sakurajima's Minamidake crater

Spectacular explosion from Sakurajima’s Minamidake crater on 26 March (image: Naoto Yoshidome / twitter) Courtesy: VolcanoDiscovery

Tuesday, 29 Mar 2016

Over the past days, vulcanian-type explosions have again picked up in number and size, after only very few events during the first 3 weeks of March. Ash plumes rose to up to 10-12,000 ft (3-3.6 km) altitude.

The remarkable novelty is that most of the recent explosions occurred from the Minamidake crater, the volcano’s old summit vent, and not from the Showa crater on its eastern flank, which had been (an almost exclusive) protagonist during the 10 years since 2006 until very recently.

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Information about: Sakurajima volcano

Source: VolcanoDiscovery

Asia – Japan | Ryukyu Islands and Kyushu, Sakura-Jima Volcano
Location: 31°35’34.8″N 130°39’25.2″E
Type: Stratovolcano
Elevation: 1,117 m (3,664 ft)
VEI: 7

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Sakurajima Volcanological Observatory (SVO)
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Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA)
Geological Survey of Japan
Tokyo Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC)

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