Sakurajima erupts in miles-high plume of ash

National Nov 8, 2019

Sakurajima erupts in miles-high plume of ash

Mount Sakurajima shot smoke and ash miles into the sky Friday in its biggest eruption in more than three years, the Meteorological Agency said. The plume erupted from the volcano's Minamidake crater at 5:24 p.m., sending smoke and debris 5.5 km (3.4 miles) into the ...

Drinking to health and history in Kagoshima

Travel Aug 25, 2017

Drinking to health and history in Kagoshima

by Kit Nagamura

Passengers flying into Kagoshima Airport in Kyushu pass over verdant mountains and lush agricultural fields just before landing. This rich terrain, fertilized by ash from a nearby active volcano, partially explains one facet of the prefecture's reputation: Kagoshima is famous for healthy cuisine. Centuries-old seaports ...

Buried alive in the shadow of a Kyushu volcano

Travel Dec 31, 2016

Buried alive in the shadow of a Kyushu volcano

by Kathryn Wortley

"Is the temperature alright for you ma'am?" my Japanese attendant asks in a polished U.S. accent as he cheerfully heaps another pile of hot sand on my torso. "It's perfect." Pleased, he pats down the sand — from my neck to toes — with his shovel, ...

World Jul 26, 2016

Kagoshima's Sakurajima volcano erupts, spews plume 5,000 meters up

The Sakurajima volcano in southwestern Japan had an explosive eruption early Tuesday, spewing volcanic ash 5,000 meters into the sky, the Meteorological Agency said. It is the first eruption projecting to such an altitude since August 2013 for the volcano within kilometers of downtown Kagoshima, ...

National 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 raised to ...

National 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 Meteorological ...

National 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, around 2:30 ...

National 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 a ...