If you value what we do here, please consider subscribing today. The volcano, located 49km (30 miles) from the Sendai nuclear plant, is also close to Kagoshima, a city of 600,000. Scientists warned that a major eruption could soon take place at the volcano;[24] it eventually did erupt around 20:00 on 5 February 2016. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); The Aira caldera in the northern half of Kagoshima Bay contains the post-caldera Sakurajima volcano, one of Japan's most active. Parts of Kagoshima Bay became significantly shallower, and it made tides higher.[7]. Sakurajima was formed by later activity within the caldera, beginning about 13,000 years ago. Frequent historical eruptions, recorded since the 8th century, have deposited ash on Kagoshima, one of Kyushu's largest cities, located across Kagoshima Bay only 8 km (5 miles) from the summit. [9] Most of its eruptions are strombolian,[9] affecting only the summit areas, but larger plinian eruptions have occurred in 1471–1476, 1779–1782 and 1914. One or two small explosions typically occur every few days, with effects no greater than a light dusting of ash on the surrounding cities.. On August 18, 2013, a large eruption sent ash 20,000 feet (6,000 meters) above Kagoshima … [26] Then, three months later, on July 26, it spewed volcanic ash 5,000 m (16,000 ft) into the air. At least five fatalities were reported during the onslaught of Tropical Depression "Vicky" in the Philippines on Saturday, December 19, 2020 -- the storm is forecast to make landfall over the central portion of Palawan on Saturday night, and intensify into... An unusually large waterspout formed in the Gulf of Paria, off Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago at around 14:50 LT on Friday, December 19, 2020. [17], On 10 March 2009, Sakurajima erupted, sending debris up to 2 km (1.2 mi). The event was recorded by several BRAMON (Bramon Brazilian Meteor Observation Network) cameras as well as residents. The Sakurajima volcano is composed of Beiyue, Zhongyue and Nanyue. It was transformed from an island to a peninsula during an eruption in 1914. [16], Sakurajima is part of the Kirishima-Yaku National Park, and its lava flows are a major tourist attraction. The island grew, engulfing several smaller islands nearby, and eventually became connected to the mainland by a narrow isthmus. Why don't you post the first comment? [22], In August 2015, Japan's meteorological agency issued a level 4 emergency warning, which urges residents to prepare to evacuate. The Aira caldera in the northern half of Kagoshima Bay contains the post-caldera Sakurajima volcano, one of Japan's most active. Activity at Kita-dake ended about 4850 years ago, after which eruptions took place at Minami-dake. [11] Since 2006, activity has centred on Showa crater, to the east of the summit of Minami-dake. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 14 volcanoes. Sakurajima is a modern active vent of the same Aira caldera volcano. Sakura-jima, one of Japan's most active volcanoes, is a post-caldera cone of the Aira caldera at the northern half of Kagoshima Bay. Smoke is seen rising from the crater of Mount Shindake on Kuchinoerabu Island in Yakushima, Kagoshima Prefecture on Feb. 3, 2020. [23] Frequent historical eruptions have deposited ash across the bay on Kagoshima… Subscribe to our newsletter and have our news updates delivered to your inbox daily. Tropical Cyclone "Yasa" made landfall over Vanua Levu, Fiji's second-largest island just after 06:00 UTC (18:00 LT) on December 17, 2020, with wind speeds up to 240 km/h (150 mph) and momentary gusts up to 345 km/h (215 mph), according to the RSMC... New activity/unrest was reported for 5 volcanoes from December 9 to 15, 2020. Tephra fell as far as 1,000 km (620 mi) from the volcano. [7] Explosive eruption of the volcano continues characterized by moderate-to-strong vulcanian-type explosions which become near-continuous. Almost all residents had left the island in the previous days; several large earthquakes had warned them that an eruption was imminent. Sakurajima volcano (Japan): news & eruption updates. The mountain is in a part of Kagoshima Bay known as Kinkō-wan. Another eruption at the volcano occurred from Minamidake summit crater at 14:55 local time today producing relatively large ash content. Eruption of the voluminous Ito pyroclastic flow accompanied formation of the 17 x 23 km (10.5 x 14.3 miles) caldera about 22 000 years ago. The volcano had been dormant for over a century until 1914. It is not thought there was any damage caused. The eruption buried the gate with volcanic ash. You will be amazed at the large scale of eruption. Depart Kagoshima port with the guide and driver, take a 15-minute ferry ride to the volcanic island of Sakurajima – one of the most active volcanoes of Japan and the symbol of Kagoshima dominating the sea with its mountain often topped by smoke. An eruption had been expected following a series of smaller explosions over the weekend. Only four kilometers from active volcano Sakurajima, Kagoshima City combines a stunning vista with rich local history, excellent food and drink, and vibrant nightlife. Sakurajima first erupted about 13,000 years ago inside a much older volcanic crater. The most recent eruption started on November 12, 2019. Posted by Teo BlaÅ¡ković on December 2, 2020 at 16:23 UTC (17 days ago) Category: Volcanoes. JMA said that... A wide swath of New England was blanketed by record-breaking snow dumped by the season's first major winter storm. [29], This article is about the volcano. The construction of Sakurajima began about 13 000 years ago on the southern rim of Aira caldera and built an island that was finally joined to the Osumi Peninsula during the major explosive and effusive eruption of 1914. Sakurajima (Japanese: 桜島, literally "Cherry Blossom Island") is an active stratovolcano, formerly an island and now a peninsula, in Kagoshima Prefecture in Kyushu, Japan. During the last stages of the eruption, emptying of the underlying magma chamber sank the centre of the Aira Caldera by about 60 cm (24 in). In 2004, Nagabuchi held an all-night-concert [ja] at a quarry of Sakurajima that attracted an audience of 75,000. It is a symbolic representation of Kagoshima. One of the main agricultural products of Sakurajima is a huge basketball-sized white radish (Sakurajima daikon). EMSC is reporting M6.3 at a depth of 44 km (27 miles), PHIVOLCS M6.2 at 16 km... Intense Strombolian activity continues at Etna's Southeast Crater since December 13, 2020. Kita-dake is Sakurajima's highest peak, rising to 1,117 m (3,665 ft) above sea level. On July 1, 2020, a panel organized by the Japan Meteorological Agency warned Sakurajima may erupt on a larger scale sometime in the future. Remember, it's free and you can unsubscribe at any time! For its eponymous giant white radish, see, View of Sakurajima from mainland Kagoshima, 2009. Its summit has three peaks, Kita-dake (northern peak), Naka-dake (central peak) and Minami-dake (southern peak) which is active now. The Aira caldera in the northern half of Kagoshima Bay contains the post-caldera Sakurajima volcano, one of Japan's most active. Sakurajima in southwestern Japan may erupt on a large scale, given recent data analysis, a weather agency panel said Tuesday. Sakurajima from a ferry in Kagoshima Bay, 2019-07-01. After a few months of low-level activity, a strong explosion took place at Japan's Sakurajima volcano at 02:55 UTC on December 2, 2020. Mt. [3] It is the most active volcano in Japan. The former island is part of the city of Kagoshima. Researcher, journalist and editor of The Watchers. Japan's Sakurajima Volcano Erupts Sending Ash Plume Sky High Duration: 00:52 4/7/2020 Japan’s Mount Sakurajima erupted on April 6, sending ash spiralling into the sky above Kagoshima. The snow was falling at an unprecedented rate over parts of Japan this week, stranding more than 2 000 vehicles and forcing authorities to deploy the military to help trapped people. [7] [15], In light of the dangers it presents to nearby populations, Sakurajima was designated a Decade Volcano in 1991, identifying it as worthy of particular study as part of the United Nations' International Decade for Natural Disaster Reduction. In addition, the panel noted that the bloating and lifting of the mountain, as well as crustal movement, have been observed on the volcano since September 2019. It is one of the world's great active volcanoes at 1,117 meters tall and 50km around. Level 4 is the highest ever for Sakurajima, located just 4 kilometres away from the centre of the major southern port city of Kagoshima, since the current volcanic alert system was launched in 2007. The area around Sakurajima contains several hot spring resorts. Part of the eruptive column was obscured by a meteorological cloud, making height estimate difficult. stratovolcano 1117 m / 3,665 ft Kyushu, Japan, 31.59°N / 130.66°E Current status: erupting (4 out of 5) Sakurajima webcams / live data | Reports Volcano videos Books Sakurajima volcano eruptions: It is the most active volcano in Japan. Mount Sakurajima in Kagoshima Prefecture may erupt on a large scale, given recent data analysis, a weather agency panel has said. Sakurajima is a stratovolcano. 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Producing content you read on this website takes a lot of time, effort, and hard work. No comments yet. This photograph, taken from the International Space Station, highlights one of Japan’s most active volcanoes. Widespread power outages and property damage were reported. Lava flows are rare in Japan—because the silica content of the magmas is high, explosive eruptions are far more common[14]—but the lava flows at Sakurajima continued for months. [4], The volcanic activity still continues, dropping volcanic ash on the surroundings, which continues as of September, [2] The lava flows of the 1914 eruption connected it with the Ōsumi Peninsula. In addition, more than 10 000 homes were left without electricity. The volcano smokes constantly, and minor eruptions often take place multiple times per day. Eruption of the voluminous Ito pyroclastic flow accompanied formation of the 17 x 23 km (10.5 x 14.3 miles) caldera about 22 000 years ago. The story is based on Umezaki's own experience; he was stationed in a military cipher base in the nearby Prefecture city of Kagoshima. Sakurajima (Japanese: 桜島, literally "Cherry Blossom Island") is an active stratovolcano, formerly an island and now a peninsula, in Kagoshima Prefecture in Kyushu, Japan. [7] [20] Although Japan’s Sakura-jima volcano is one of the most active in the world, it rarely makes headlines. City in the Shadow of the Volcano Rising up from Kagoshima Bay, the peaks of Sakurajima form the dramatic backdrop to the city of Kagoshima, just 4 kilometers away. Finally saw some activity at #Sakurajima #volcano after a few months of passive emissions! 2020. The strait is now expanding 15 cm (6... A bright fireball streaked through the night sky over the state of São Paulo, Brazil at 00:35 UTC on December 16, 2020. The most recent paroxysmal episodes occurred at the Voragine crater in December 2015 and May 2016. Sakurajima's activity became more prominent in 1955, and the volcano has been erupting almost constantly ever since. A volcano has erupted in south-western Japan, coating a nearby city with a layer of ash. It was the most powerful in twentieth-century Japan. [8] It is about 8 km (5 mi) south of the centre of the caldera. In La Pampa, an enormous sandstorm caused extensive power outages,... At least 12 people lost their lives while nine others remain missing after major floods and landslides hit the Vale do Itajai region in Santa Catarina, Brazil, on Thursday, December 17, 2020. Initially, the eruption was very explosive, generating eruption columns and pyroclastic flows, but after a very large earthquake on January 13, 1914, which killed 58 people, it became effusive, generating a large lava flow. pic.twitter.com/0xnZmjaAll. The eruption occurred at 16:31 and was the 500th eruption of the year. This volcano has more than 600 minor volcanic eruptions each year. (GVP). Please update this article to reflect recent events or newly available information. [7] Several hundred cubic kilometres of ash and pumice were ejected, causing the magma chamber underneath the erupting vents to collapse. Its first eruption in recorded history was in 963 AD. You can reach me at teo [ at ] watchers.news. The Sakurajima Volcano Observatory was set up in 1960 to monitor these eruptions. After the concert, a statue showing Nagabuchi screaming with a guitar was installed on the site of the concert. [19], In 2011 and 2012, Sakurajima experienced several significant eruptions; volcanic activity continued into 2013. 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The frequency of eruptions at Minamidake summit crater has been on the decrease, while the volume of volcanic ashes remains constant-- indicating that the upcoming eruption may be bigger than usual, JMA said. [27], On 3 October 2020, at 0735 UTC, the volcano erupted once again, this time from the Aira caldera. The remarkable snow made interstates impassable, resulting in road accidents and fatalities. The lava flows of the 1914 eruption connected it with the Ōsumi Peninsula. Volcanic smoke billows from Mount Sakurajima in Kagoshima, Japan, Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013. Sakurajima was also the name of Japanese singer Tsuyoshi Nagabuchi's song. On January 11,1914, Mount Sakurajima made an extreme explosion which was the most powerful eruption in Japan in the twentieth century. Photographer Martin Rietze captured a rare picture of lightning within the ash plume in January 2013 during a magma ejection, which was a NASA astronomy pic of the day in March 2013. Sakurajima Volcano – Located in front of the city of Kagoshima, Sakurajima is home to one of Japan’s largest volcanoes.With its explosive eruptions, it is the most active volcano in Japan and you will even see smoke coming out of its crater several times a day. Sakurajima's Volcanic Alert Level remains at 3 (do not approach the volcano) since February 5, 2016. There's an observation platform in Kagoshima that you can get to by bus for a fantastic view of this natural ... We hoped to see Sakurajima, an active volcano, erupting about 1000 times per year, just across the bay from Kagoshima. [6] The surface of this volcanic peninsula is about 77 km2 (30 sq mi). [10], Volcanic activity at Kita-dake ended around 4,900 years ago: later eruptions have been centered on Minami-dake. In Pennsylvania, Williamsport Regional Airport... More than 30 000 earthquakes have been registered in the Bransfield Strait, an ocean channel between the South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula, since the end of August 2020, according to the University of Chile. The smaller Wakamiko caldera was formed during the early Holocene in the NE corner of the Aira caldera, along with several post-caldera cones. 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