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Lava Shoots Out of Southern Japan Volcano April 8, 2011
Lava from Sakurajima
Lightning and other atmospheric phenomena have been seen around Sakurajima volcano during its eruptions.
Japan’s Sakurajima volcano produced colorful fountains of lava and spewed ash into the skies of southern Japan near the city of Kagoshima.

The Japan Meteorological Agency alerted nearby residents and aviation interests that the volcano was “very dangerous.”

Sakurajima has produced strong activity at various times throughout recorded Japanese history.

Its current eruptive phase began in 1955. More than 7,300 explosive eruptions have been reported over the past 45 years.

Photo: Japan Meteorological Agency