Sakurajima island volcano erupts in Kagoshima; volcanic lightning observed

This is the second-highest eruption this year for the volcano, following the 3,600-metre eruption on Oct. 19.

The Yomiuri Shimbun

The Yomiuri Shimbun

The Japan News


Sakurajima Island erupts with volcanic lightning at 3:46 am on Oct 24, 2023. PHOTO: THE YOMIURI SHIMBUN

October 25, 2023

TOKYO – The volcano on Sakurajima Island in Kagoshima Prefecture erupted at 3:46 a.m. Tuesday, sending a plume of smoke 3,400 meters into the air above the crater. This is the second highest eruption this year for the volcano following the 3,600-meter eruption on Oct. 19.

According to the Kagoshima District Meteorological Observatory, volcanic lightning, which is caused by static electricity in volcanic fumes, was observed. Ejected rocks reached as far as the volcano’s fifth station, 1 km to 1.3 km from the crater.

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