Global Volcanism Program | Image GVP-01347
An ash plume rises above a restaurant on Sakurajima island in September 1981. Near-continuous explosive eruptions have been occurring since 1955. Residents on the island coexist with the volcano, which frequently deposits ash on residential areas. Occasional larger explosions have ejected ballastic blocks that have penetrated concrete roofs of buildings. Villages on Sakurajima are located along the island's coast, but most are only 3-5 km from Minamidake, the active summit crater.
Copyrighted photo by Dick Stoiber, 1981 (Dartmouth College).