Sakurajima erupts, launching lava high into the air

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Sakurajima, Kagoshima Prefecture in Kyūshū, Japan

Sakurajima, is an active volcano in Kagoshima Prefecture in Kyūshū, Japan. Its a composite mountain with three different peaks, Kitadake (northern peak), Nakadake (central peak) and Minamidake (southern peak) which is active now.

Sakurajima’s activity became more prominent in 1955, and the volcano has been erupting almost constantly ever since. Thousands of small explosions occur each year, throwing ash to heights of up to a few kilometers above the mountain and dropping large amounts of volcanic ash on the surroundings. Earlier eruptions built the white sands highlands in the region.

Only a few kilometers from the city of Kagoshima and its 680,000 residents, the volcano is constantly being monitored. The city conducts regular evacuation drills, and a number of shelters have been built where people can take refuge from falling volcanic debris. Thanks Wikipedia!

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