April 3, 2016
A large blast occurred overnight (April 3 2016 early AM) at Sakurajima Volcano in South Japan.
The volcanic eruption produced large flows of lava, and plumes of ash reaching multiple kilometers into the sky.
The ascending ash produced multiple impressive displays of static discharge lightning, ranging in color from blue and green, to white, purple and yellow.
The lightning is produced by friction between the hot billowing clouds of ash, and the colder moist air surrounding the volcano which resides in South Japan near the ocean.
Watch the volcano on live stream here: