April 30, 2016 – A very large blast has occurred in South Japan / Kyushu at Sakurajima volcano.
Captured on the University of Tokyo webcams located around the volcano, this blast sent ash multiple kilometers (several miles) into the sky, and caused large pyroclastic flows to descend down the mountainside of the volcano.
Approximately 2 weeks ago, just before the large M7.0 earthquake in Kyushu Japan, this volcano went silent. Normally this volcano (in the past) shows small daily eruptions.
The area went “silent” after the large earthquake struck South Japan in Kyushu on April 17, 2016. The earthquake occurred North of this volcano, and caused 3 feet (1 meter) of lateral movement to the Southwest.
This volcano (Sakurajima) is located South of the earthquake movement.
Keep watch at this volcano (and others nearby) for new eruptions to occur, as well as areas to the South of Kyushu (Taiwan), and to the North (Tokyo to Hokkaido) for earthquake activity.
Any time we see these size eruptions in South Japan, we should expect nearby seismic activity (larger earthquakes) to occur within days or less.
Webcam links to Sakurajima here: