Volcano in southern Japan erupts in spectacular fashion
TOKYO - Agence France-Presse
In this photo released by Kagoshima Local Meteorological Observatory, volcanic smoke billows from Mount Sakurajima in Kagoshima, on the southern Japanese main island of Kyushu Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013.A volcano in southern Japan erupted in spectacular fashion on Aug. 18, spewing an ash plume up to 5,000 metres into the air, meteorological officials said, according to a report.
The eruption of the 1,117-metre Mount Sakurajima near Kagoshima city took place around 4:30 p.m. local time, Jiji Press said.
A large amount of volcanic ash fell in the northern and central parts of the city, causing a delay in train services and temporary poor visibility, forcing car drivers to use their headlights.
The eruption also resulted in a small flow of volcanic material up to about one kilometre (half a mile) from the crater, Jiji said.
It was the 500th eruption this year of Sakurajima, which is about 950 kilometres southwest of Tokyo. The eruption lasted for about 50 minutes.