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, ...

Aug 19, 2015

Another small eruption observed at Mount Sakurajima

A very small eruption was observed at Mount Sakurajima early Wednesday, the Meteorological Agency said. The eruption at 3:13 a.m. was the first observed at the 1,117-meter volcano overlooking the city of Kagoshima since the alert level was raised last week to 4 on ...

Volcanic activity slows at Sakurajima but alert remains in force

Aug 17, 2015

Volcanic activity slows at Sakurajima but alert remains in force

Volcanic activity at Mount Sakurajima in Kagoshima Prefecture has quieted down after intensifying Saturday morning, but the Meteorological Agency said Monday it will remain on alert for signs of a major eruption. Tectonic movements indicating swelling of the mountain has also slowed, the agency ...

Tokyo air pollutant traced to Kyushu volcano, China link discounted

Nov 14, 2013

Tokyo air pollutant traced to Kyushu volcano, China link discounted

Volcanic gas carrying sulfur dioxide released from Mount Sakurajima in Kagoshima Prefecture is partly responsible for spikes in the level of the air pollutant PM2.5 in the Kanto and Tokai regions, according to the government’s Meteorological Research Institute. The institute ruled out pollutants from ...

May 17, 2013

Panel calls for evacuation plans for volcanic disasters

A government panel called on the central and local governments Thursday to draw up evacuation plans for large-scale volcanic disasters. The Cabinet Office panel, chaired by Toshitsugu Fujii, a professor emeritus at the University of Tokyo, submitted the same day what are considered the ...