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Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Sakurajima Volcano Erupting

Sakurajima volcano桜島噴火

On a brief trip to Kagoshima, we toured around the city ending up at an overlook above the center of downtown.

As we joined a group of Chinese tourists, we were afforded a splendid view of Sakurajima, the volcanic island just across the bay.

The day was clear and bright with only a few clouds. Sakurajima was framed by a blue sky, with only one small cloud just to the right of center.

After a few minutes though the mountain came to life.

Great plumes of white smoke puffed out of the right side of the volcano - see below left.

This elicited great squeals of delight. It lasted for roughly ten minutes - then just as suddenly stopped.

Later in the day, it started up several more times.

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