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Kagoshima cleans up from Sakurajima blast
Publication Date : 20-08-2013
Kagoshima residents were busy cleaning up volcanic ash on Monday, a day after Mt. Sakurajima spewed ash as high as 5,000 metres to blanket the city of 600,000 people.
According to the Kagoshima Local Meteorological Observatory, the explosive eruption from the Showa vent occurred at 4:31pm. Ash reached a height of 5,000 metres, the highest recorded from the Showa vent since the observatory started monitoring the active volcano in 1955.
Volcanic rocks measuring 50 centimetres in diameter were observed at the Third Station of the mountain, or 1,300 to 1,800 metres from the Showa vent, the observatory said. It also confirmed a small pyroclastic flow about one kilometre long.
The observatory predicts no further major eruptions from the volcano for the time being.
The city of Kagoshima, meanwhile, mobilised about 60 ash-cleaning and water-spraying vehicles from early Monday morning.
The observatory reported about 120 grams of volcanic ash falling per square metre of ground from January to July this year. On Sunday alone, however, it recorded 13 grams of ash.
“Ash fell over a wide area in this eruption,” said a Kagoshima city official. “We’ll attempt to clean it up in three days.”
On Oct 7, 2000, the volcano erupted from the Minami-dake peak, sending ash more than 5,000 metres high.