Moderate-to-strong explosion at Sakurajima Volcano in Kyushu, Japan

Strong explosion from Sakurajima volcano today (image: Sakurajima webcam)

A moderate-to-strong vulcanian-type explosion was observed by surveillance cameras at 11:44 local time today.

A large ash content erupted to an altitude of 7,000 ft (2,133 m) and drifted E. The explosion likely generated a small pumice-and-ash flows caused by eruption column collapse, as can be seen in the image.

The explosive activity of the volcano is characterized by sporadic vulcanian-type eruptions from the summit crater during the past two months.

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