From WIRED: “Sakurajima in Japan Might Be Headed Towards a Large Eruption”

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08.15.15
Erik Klemetti

1Sakurajima producing a small eruption plume in 2009, seen from Kagoshima in Japan. Kimon Berlin / Flicker | CC by SA 3.0

Officials in Japan are preparing for what could be a large explosive eruption from Sakurajima. The Japan Meteorological Agency has raised the alert status to Level 4 after new earthquakes and rapid inflation of the volcano suggest that Sakurajima could be preparing for a repeat of the 1914 explosive eruption that produced numerous fatalities. Level 4 alert means that people living near the volcano need to prepare for evacuation if conditions continue to worsen. Right now that is limited to ~4,000 people on the same island as Sakurajima, but ash from any eruption (depending on the winds) could impact Kagoshima (population ~600,000), located only 10 kilometers from Sakurajima. There is also concern that a large eruption could cause workers at the restarted Sendai…

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