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Japan: Sakurajima volcano smoke plume coats Kagoshima00:45

Japan: Sakurajima volcano smoke plume coats Kagoshima

Japan, Kagoshima
August 19, 2013 at 05:05 GMT +00:00 · Published

Japan: Sakurajima volcano smoke plume coats Kagoshima

The Sakurajima volcano spewed ash and smoke over the southern Japanese city of Kagoshima on Sunday, forming its highest plume since records began. The eruption blew ash up to 5 kilometres (3 miles) above the volcano, with lava flowing around 1 kilometre (0.6 miles) from its source.

Locals donned protective masks and clothing to shield themselves as ash dusted the city. Sakurajima regularly sees volcanic activity, with officials estimating the current eruption to be the 500th in 2013 alone.

The clean-up process was underway by Monday morning local time, with residents sweeping up ash alongside the deployment by the local government of water sprinklers and rubbish trucks to clear away debris.

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Japan: Sakurajima volcano smoke plume coats Kagoshima

The Sakurajima volcano spewed ash and smoke over the southern Japanese city of Kagoshima on Sunday, forming its highest plume since records began. The eruption blew ash up to 5 kilometres (3 miles) above the volcano, with lava flowing around 1 kilometre (0.6 miles) from its source.

Locals donned protective masks and clothing to shield themselves as ash dusted the city. Sakurajima regularly sees volcanic activity, with officials estimating the current eruption to be the 500th in 2013 alone.

The clean-up process was underway by Monday morning local time, with residents sweeping up ash alongside the deployment by the local government of water sprinklers and rubbish trucks to clear away debris.