Japanese Shinmoe Peak volcano erupts for the 10th time

February 12, 2011KAGOSHIMA (Kyodo) — The Shinmoe Peak, a volcano on the border of Kagoshima and Miyazaki prefectures in southern Japan, erupted again Friday after a seven-day hiatus, marking its 10th eruption since late January. The latest eruption occurred at 11:36 a.m. at the 1,421-meter-high volcano in the Kirishima range, spewing columns of smoke up to about 2,500 meters. The previous eruption was observed on Feb. 3. The Kagoshima Local Meteorological Observatory said it measured 244.3 pascals of air pressure disturbance at an observatory point some 3 kilometers southwest of the volcanic crater, adding it observed some relatively large volcanic stones falling. During its fourth eruption on the morning of Feb. 1, the local observatory reported 458 pascals of air pressure disturbance which shattered window glasses of houses and buildings. The latest series of eruptions at the Shinmoe Peak began on Jan. 26. Researchers said that it had its first major eruption in 52 years and that they observed eruptions with magma for the first time in 189 years.   –Mainichi Times
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