Mt Sakurajima erupts on Friday. Photo: KYODO
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Sakurajima volcano erupts, spewing ash 5.5 kms high

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Mt Sakurajima volcano shot smoke and ash miles into the sky on Friday in its biggest eruption in more than three years, Kyodo News reported.

The 1,040-meter-high volcano, on the southernmost main island of Kyushu, spewed ash 5.5 kilometers high at around 5:20 p.m., the first time the ash cloud from an eruption has exceeded 5 kms since July 2016, Kyodo said, citing a local meteorological observatory.

The volcano has been highly active, erupting more than 100 times just this year, the report said, adding no damage has been reported so far.

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I was in Kagoshima a few years ago during one of it's biggest eruptions in recent history. Always an impressive reminder that our earth is living.

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It is difficult to find a natural disaster that does not happen in Japan.

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vanityofvanities - It is difficult to find a natural disaster that does not happen in Japan

quite a few man made disasters as well.

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Second eruption of a volcano in Kyushu.

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Now it’s about time for Mt Fuji to erupt. It’s an active volcano.

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Always an impressive reminder that our earth is living.

Yeah. I climbed it decades ago (note: illegal and stupid, but I was young), and it was an alien landscape. The vast majority of its surface is moon-type, fine, powdery soil criss-crossed by deep revines down to bedrock lined with fumeroles hissing steam. It was that large number of fumeroles that creeped me out.

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It is difficult to find a natural disaster that does not happen in Japan

True.

Tornadoes are very rare. They occur, but generally tend to be very small and short-lived.

quite a few man made disasters as well.

Indeed. Apart from Fukushima, the man-made disaster that is the Japanese government comes to mind! And the Tokyo Olympics! :-)

Now it’s about time for Mt Fuji to erupt. It’s an active volcano.

Actually, I believe it is technically considered to be dormant / inactive. But not extinct.

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Saw a documentary showing farming on the slopes of Sakurajima. The thick black soil is great for growing enormous Daikon, and all the way down to the water's edge the sand is warm year-round from volcanic activity beneath.

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My visit to Sakurajima, en route to Cape Sato, was a highlight of one of Japan trips. The nearest I got to an actual eruption though was a big vent of steam as I was leaving the ferry at Kagoshima. It admit that as I was driving along the base of Sakurajima, I was keeping my eye on the concrete shelters along the roadside... just in case!

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The thick black soil is great for growing enormous Daikon

When I visited I was surprised at the amount of people living on the actual island. Schools, stores, houses, gas stations (!) etc.

Japanese folks really like living on the edge.

Now it’s about time for Mt Fuji to erupt. It’s an active volcano.

As long as it does it on a Monady morning.

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It is difficult to find a natural disaster that does not happen in Japan.

If there is one, please no-one tempt fate and mention it.

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admit that as I was driving along the base of Sakurajima, I was keeping my eye on the concrete shelters along the roadside... just in case!

I know what you mean. We were there at the end of May this year and took one of those bus trips up to an observatory near the peak, where we got off and walked around for an hour or so. There was a sign there - "Nearest Evacuation Shelter 5.1 Km" with a graphic of a man running under a hail of rocks. 5.1 Km? Don't think we would have made it.

Great day out, though, complete with a few puffs of smoke from Sakurajima itself - but nothing like this.

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Glad it doesn't seem to be causing any damage at the moment!

One of the biggest manmade disasters here are landslides, often when they happen you will see the mountainside is covered with sugi, NOT natural forest!

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...landslides, often when they happen you will see the mountainside is covered with sugi, NOT natural forest!

Oh yes, the planting of sugi all over in place of other natural vegetation which holds the soil better has been quite a problem.

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It is a climate emergency!

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I'm heading out to that area once cleared. interesting to see nature at work.

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It's a great hike up the road to the observatory. I picked up a very light but sizeable piece of pumice on the way and brought it home to Canada. There's also a great carved-stone rock band monument along the way. Quite impressive to this aging rock star!

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Surely, this is somehow related to CO2 /AGW!

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It is a climate emergency!

Explain?

Surely, this is somehow related to CO2 /AGW!

Tectonic activity is about as sensitive to 'climate change' as your stovetop is to you dropping a fraction of a millilitre of water on it while it's heated to full capacity.

Read: Surface climate has just about nothing to do with sub-crust activity.

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