Volcano eruption is one ash-coated shocker that citizens of Kagoshima city are experiencing this week, following Mt. Sakurajima in southern Japan suddenly erupting this weekend, clouding the city with ash and smoke almost three miles high, UPI reported this Monday, Aug. 19. Kagoshima city is said to be almost black with the ash, while the dark cloud hangs high into the sky as well.
The volcano eruption this Sunday forced Japanese residents of the clouded city to begin cleanup duty this morning, as Mt. Sakurajima continues to spew ash from the eruption point. Cleanup so far has included sweeping as much of the ash from the streets as possible, as well as spraying down whatever officials can with water sprinkler systems.
Japanese city officials have sent out over 50 dust wagons in an attempt to contain as much dust as possible following the volcano eruption, though the sprinkler systems and cleanup efforts are having a hard time keeping up with the massive amount of ash from Mt. Sakurajima.
According to the report, the ash plume has now reached over 5,000 meters high, marking one of the most forceful eruptions (in relation to ash production) since volcano record-keeping began over half a century ago in 1955. The clouds have dropped over 13 grams of ash per only square meter in the past 24 hours alone, noted one report.
One Kyoto University professor said that Mt. Sakurajima has become more and more active in recent years, evidenced by more plentiful magma activity and production, though few could have suspected the volcano eruption happening so suddenly and leaving such an ash-filled aftermath in its wake.
Cleanup in Kagoshima city is still underway.