A very small eruption was observed on Sakurajima early Wednesday, the Meteorological Agency said. The eruption at 3:13 was the first observed on the volcano of 1117 meters overlooking the city of Kagoshima since the alert level was raised last week to 4 on a scale of 5 points. The agency said it observed a phenomenon called volcanic glow, in which the air above the crater looks red because of the reflection of magma and hot volcanic rocks, earlier in the day, during the last Showa eruption vent.
However, our source on site for two days, indicates that there is no Strombolian explosions but only a white plume more or less dense and no (or very little?) charged to ashes! Although Tuesday’s observations were difficult because of the cloud cover!
The volcano is still in level 4 and access to 3km from the top is firm. No restriction to access at the « volcano peninsula« , the authorities allowed the free movement but only short stops are tolerated on observation points and parking are closed!
The activity is very low on the peninsula but nothing has changed in Kagoshima and ferry circules!
Some Japanese TV crews are present too!
The planes that serve the Kagoshima airport continues to pass very close to the volcano and a very low altitude!
Yesterday, bubbles of volcanic gases, near the Sakurajima were observed in the sea, at Sakurajima Port–Futamata.
August 20, 2015 . Sakurajima, Japon :
Source : Japantimes , S Chermette ( http://80joursvoyages.com/) , 373 news .com.
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