Global Volcanism Program | Image GVP-01344
Sakurajima entered a period of frequent intermittent moderate explosions in October 1955. Ashfall from the active vent at Minamidake has often deposited ash on Kagoshima, southern Kyushu's largest city located 7 km across the bay. Ash plumes typically reach heights of 1-3 km above the vent. Lahars and ballistic block ejection have intermittently affected populated areas on the island. This September 1981 view an ash plume from the W.
Copyrighted photo by Dick Stoiber, 1981 (Dartmouth College).