Monday, 19th August 2013
In General Japan News,
Kagoshima coated in ash after eruption
Yesterday (August 18th) saw volcano Mount Sakurajima in the south-west of Japan spewing a three-mile high smoke plume into the air during an eruption.
The nearby city of Kagoshima was covered in a layer of ash, although no injuries were reported. Residents were seen wearing raincoats and masks as they travelled around, while railway services were temporarily stopped to allow ash to be cleared from the tracks.
One city official described the smoke plume as "a bit dramatic", but added that the locals are "kind of used to it". According to a statement released by local authorities, this is the 500th eruption on Sakurajima this year.
A clean-up operation is underway today, with business largely returning to normal as the ash is cleared from the streets.
The Kagoshima prefecture is a popular tourist destination in Japan, with many natural attractions here. It is home to the UNESCO-listed Yakushima Island, which is part of the Kirishima-Yaku National Park, and the Koshikijima Islands that are renowned for their swathes of stunning Japanese lilies.
Written by Graham McPherson
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