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By: Spetrm , 1:42 AM GMT on August 19, 2013
One of the most active volcanoes in the world got a little more active today when the Showa Crater at Sakura-Jima blew a plume of ash 5,000 meters in to the sky on Sunday afternoon around 1600JST. This is the largest eruption at the Showa crater since observations started in 1955. The volcano also sent a pyroclastic flow down the side of the mountain nearly a kilometer.
No casualties have been reported at this time, but the Japan Meteorological Agency is warning people who live in Kagoshimahosokyoku, to wear mask or apply a handkerchief while outdoors to avoid inhaling any ash. Visibility has also been reduced around Kagoshima bay.
In the past year Sakura-Jima has erupted over 650 times making it one of the most active volcanoes in the world, and one of the most active near a large population.
More of this update at my website. http://www.westernpacificweather.com/2013/08/18/s akura-jima-in-western-japan-blows-its-top-%E6%A1%9 C%E5%B3%B6%E3%81%A7%E7%88%86%E7%99%BA%E7%9A%84%E5%9 9%B4%E7%81%AB-%E5%99%B4%E7%85%99%EF%BC%95%EF%BC%90 %EF%BC%90%EF%BC%90%EF%BD%8D%E3%81%AB/
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