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Japanese volcano awakens with a vengeance  

First major eruption in almost 200 years
 

 

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Ash billows out of Shinmoedake in this image from a live-feed broadcast near the volcano. (Photo courtesy of Kagoshima Prefectural Government)

31 Jan 11 - Mount Shinmoe's first major eruption in almost 200 years is sending plumes of ash and rocks kilometres into the sky. Vulcanologists say a giant lava dome on the volcano has grown to more than 500 metres in diameter, sparked warnings of another, even more powerful blast.

With small pyroclastic flows sweeping down its flanks, the volcano's behaviour is said to be "eerily similar to its belligerent demeanour 300 years ago, when it belched and bellowed on and off for 18 months."

Ash from the volcano has reached more than 17 cities and towns in Miyazaki and Kagoshima prefectures, and officials have urged residents near the volcano to evacuate.

See video:
http://www.necn.com/01/29/11/Major-eruptions-continue-at-Japans-Mount/landing.html?blockID=400176&feedID=4213

See spectacular photo of volcanic lightning above Shinmoedake peak:
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2011/01/31/3126199.htm

See also
http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/news/20110129p2a00m0na012000c.html
Thanks to Wanda and Tom McHart for this link

 

 




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