Last Updated: Monday, August 19, 2013

Sakurajima volcano eruption 2013: Largest eruption in decades

Sakurajima volcano eruption 2013 has experienced one of its most powerful eruptions in decades.

Sakurajima volcano which erupted at 4:31 p.m. local time Sunday (3:31 a.m. EDT U.S. time) send ssh plume approximately 16,000 feet high, the Kagoshima Local Meteorological Observatory said.

According to the public broadcaster NHK, recent Sakurajima volcano eruption 2013 is the volcano's tallest ash plume since records began in 1955.

Below is  a photo of volcanic smoke spewing from Mount Sakurajima in Kagoshima, Japan taken on Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013 (AP Photo/Kagoshima Local Meteorological Observatory).


People in Kagoshima city were seen wearing masks and raincoats and using umbrellas to protect themselves from the volcanic ash.

Below is a Sakurajima volcano eruption 2013 video from Japan's FNN television network.

According to the Japanese news media, current Sakurajima volcano eruption 2013 is the 500th eruption of the year.

Sakurajima volcano is an active composite volcano (stratovolcano) located in the far southwestern part of Japan's mainland on the island of Kyushu.

Over 69 percent of the world's active volcanoes are located in Japan. The most common natural calamities in Japan include: earthquakes, volcanic-eruptions, tsunamis, and typhoons.

Original post: Natural Disasters List August 18, 2013