Japan’s Sakurajima volcano shaken by large explosive eruption

July 22, 2013JAPANA strong vulcanian explosion occurred last night at 11:02 GMT (20:02 local time), following several hours of near complete calm at the volcano. A loud cannon-shot bang accompanied the explosion, which generated a large mushroom cloud that reached 12,000 ft (3.7 km) altitude and engulfed the NE half of the Sakurajima peninsula and was followed by several smaller ones within about half an hour. The volcano and much of the surrounding areas remained under the ash plume for several hours until it started to clear up again. In the hours after the explosion, the Showa crater continued to emit ash plumes in often near-continuous pulses, sometimes reaching several 100 m height, but with no visible incandescence or audible sounds. –Volcano Discovery
Large explosions at Ecuador volcano: An increase of activity occurred yesterday. IGPEN recorded 3 strong pulses of volcanic tremor since midnight 20-21 July (local time), which were accompanied by strombolian activity and strong explosions that produced loud roars, heavy gunfire sounds, and vibrations that rattled floors, windows and doors of houses in areas nearby. Some were heard even in the Tungurahua Volcano Observatory (OVT), located 14 km north of the volcano. The largest explosion yesterday at 14h18 (local time) generated an eruption column of 5 km height moving east. Although so far there have been no new pyroclastic flows, this could likely happen in the near future. Ash fall occurred in the area of ​​Manzano, Choglontus, Tisaleo, Cevallos and Mapayacu. In between the explosions, constant strombolian activity with the ejection of incandescent bombs, some of which rolled down the slopes could be seen at night. The explosions caused considerable damage to some of the monitoring instruments (solar panels, cameras etc.). –Volcano Discovery
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21 Responses to Japan’s Sakurajima volcano shaken by large explosive eruption

  1. jklieman says:


    I’m seeing a lot of volcanic activity lately on your posts. Is this normal activity or above average?

    • l

      Yes, it is above average. We had 77 eruptive events for all of 2012- we’re currently already at 66 so far this year. (The yearly average is about 60). We also seeing a lot of activity from volcanoes exhibiting multiple eruptive phases during the course of one year- which suggests these volcanic systems are becoming active and remaining so.

    • The USGS says that the average is from 50-60 a year of actual eruptions, about 1 a week.

  2. robertwfinlay says:

    Cool photo

  3. Jerri says:

    It’s like those eruptions are basically on the same system, fine tuning like a violin. Are they trying to dance together? Make sense?

    • Louise Page says:

      Yes Jerri, you do make sense. I think if ‘we’ could see deep inside the Earth at the magma chambers, we might see several sisters (super chambers) around the world powering the many volcanoes around the globe – each with their own ‘duties’. These chambers may all be connected to Mother Earths’ own central ‘station’ (I hope that actually made sense ;) ).
      The waltz of volcanic activity may also be occasionally partnered by the movements of the plates (driven by the magma movement amongst other things). ;) Louise

  4. S Rosario says:

    @ extinction protocol. This word press at times can have some great articles but nitenough. So much going on out there and only two three articles a day.

    • Ken says:

      @S Rosario –
      Has it occurred to you that there might be a skeletal staff, or maybe even a sole person seeing to this blog? And if so, “two or three articles a day” merits appreciation for his/her/their efforts – even though there’s “so much going on out there”…?

  5. Margaret says:

    Seems to me that the Earth is trying to regulate itself with these eruptions. I think this is only a sign of things to come. Once the planet realizes that all of these small eruptions aren’t going to cut it, it will turn to the super volcanoes and then people will start paying attention all around the world. Thanks Alvin for keeping us in the know. I don’t comment very often, but I read daily.

  6. Angelsong says:

    Something that really spoke to me last week- I was looking at how hot the water temperatures are right now and my child said oh, that’s in the Bible! All the fish of the sea shall die and then I sat astounded as I then listened to the quoting of Revelation 6:12-17 which I know is near and dear to your heart and also to mine…out of the mouth of babes….
    Much love and blessings!

  7. Texas Listening Post, Tony says:

    I keep thinking that the earth’s core is being excited by energy that we in general do not perceive. Induction heating is used for cooking using ferrous metal pots. We are told that the earth’s core is molten iron (ferrous). Could cosmic rays be inducing currents in the core which is causing increased heating. This heat needs to be released by volcanoes.

    Thanks Alvin

    • IM

      “In 2009, cosmic ray intensities increased 19 percent beyond anything we’ve seen in the past 50 years,” says Richard Mewaldt of Caltech….since the planet’s main heat source is radioactive decay; could incoming cosmic rays be the catalyst accelerating the decay of radioactive isotopes, and thereby increasing the planet’s interior temperatures? The effects would be visible in increased ocean temperatures and thus a more erratic climate system, increasing volcanism, seismic activity, and the venting or depressurization of magma…” -The Extinction Protocol, p. 298, 500

      David Stevenson, a planetary physicist at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena said: “Plate tectonics is how Earth controls its heat output,” he adds. And, on average, that heat output also influences geophysical processes such as the overall rate of volcanic activity.” -Science Mag, 2011

      Take care,

  8. Jim Gillespie says:

    Not only increased volcanism, but increased earthquakes along with many other signs. All predicted in the Holy Bible.

  9. Johnny Burdell says:

    This is one of the signs for the End Times, increase in earthquakes.

  10. don says:

    We live in Winnipeg and the other night me and my wife both woke up to the walls and windows shaking. In the morning when we got up I went outside to do some yard work only to my amazement to see the outside walls where pushed away from the foundation and the streets had waves in them . God is upon us let’s all pray.God bless all !!!

  11. Rachel says:


    Right now I’m working on a Geography project on volcanoes. I’ve been wondering but what are the causes of the constant eruptions of Sakurajima? Is it because there is a constant supply of lava?

    • IM

      Hi, Rachel. Magma is everywhere beneath the earth. There is more magma beneath the earth than there is water above it – in all the world’s oceans. What’s brings its to the surface in changes in convective properties, thermal dissipation processes (volcanism, rifting), changes in gradient, and growing breaches in the planet’s crust involving everything from wear to seismicity.

      Take care,

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