Mount Sakurajima erupts in fiery blast

Feb 5, 2016

Mount Sakurajima erupts in fiery blast

Mount Sakurajima, a volcano that overlooks the city of Kagoshima, erupted Friday with a fiery blast that sent lava rolling down its slope. The Meteorological Agency said Sakurajima, which is about 50 km from Kyushu Electric Power Co.’s Sendai nuclear plant in Kagoshima Prefecture, ...

Jan 12, 2016

Kagoshima holds annual disaster drill for Mount Sakurajima

The city and prefecture of Kagoshima held the 46th annual disaster drill Tuesday to prepare for a large-scale eruption of Mount Sakurajima. This year, Korean and Chinese were added to evacuation advisory languages. Last August, the eruption warning level for the temperamental volcano was ...

Dec 20, 2015

Nuclear disaster drill held near Japan's only rebooted plant

Following its reactivation earlier this year, a nuclear disaster drill was held around the country’s sole working nuclear power plant on Sunday. About 3,600 officials and residents took part in the event to prepare for the possibility of a serious accident within 30 km ...

Mount Sakurajima alert level lowered as volcanic activity diminishes

Nov 25, 2015

Mount Sakurajima alert level lowered as volcanic activity diminishes

The Meteorological Agency on Wednesday downgraded its warning level for Kagoshima Prefecture’s Mount Sakurajima, citing diminished volcanic activity. With no major eruptions observed since Sept. 17, the agency lowered the alert level for the 1,117-meter volcano in Kagoshima Prefecture on the 5-point scale from ...

Sep 2, 2015

Sakurajima alert level lowered as fears of major eruption ease

The Meteorological Agency on Tuesday downgraded its volcanic warning level for Sakurajima, a mountain that looms over the city of Kagoshima, Kagoshima Prefecture. It said the risk of a larger-than-usual eruption has diminished. Citing a reduction in the number of volcanic earthquakes detected, the ...

Aug 23, 2015

Four small eruptions observed at Sakurajima volcano

Four small eruptions were observed at Sakurajima volcano in Kagoshima Prefecture early Sunday, the Meteorological Agency said. But the agency said there is no major change in volcanic activity at the 1,117-meter-high mountain in southern Kyushu. The four eruptions occurred shortly after midnight Saturday, ...