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Global Volcanism Program | Image GVP-01946

An ash plume rises above Sakurajima on 9 September 1985, where frequent explosive activity has occurred since October 1955. Eruption plumes typically rise 1-3 km above the vent, with occasional larger explosions. Ashfall commonly occurs over the island and periodically in Kagoshima City, 8 km to the west. Larger explosions eject ballistic blocks that have damaged structures on the island. Photo by Tom Pierson, 1985 (U.S. Geological Survey).

An ash plume rises above Sakurajima on 9 September 1985, where frequent explosive activity has occurred since October 1955. Eruption plumes typically rise 1-3 km above the vent, with occasional larger explosions. Ashfall commonly occurs over the island and periodically in Kagoshima City, 8 km to the west. Larger explosions eject ballistic blocks that have damaged structures on the island.

Photo by Tom Pierson, 1985 (U.S. Geological Survey).

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Keywords: explosive eruption | ash plume | volcanic ash | eruption | Vulcanian


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