On Friday, May 29, on the Japanese island of Kuchinoerabujima, Mount Shindake erupted after being dormant for 34 years. Kuchinoerabujima is about 620 miles southwest of Tokyo and 70 miles south of Japan’s southernmost main island of Kyushu. It is mostly supported with tourism and fishing thanks to thick forests and a national park.
The debris and smoke shot 28,000 feet into the air. Watch:
The blast has forced the evacuation of the island while the pyroclastic flow of super-heated gas and rock rolls toward the ocean. The only injury reported is burns to the face of a 73-year old man from falling debris. “It sounded like dynamite had exploded, and the house shook,” one resident told TV Asahi.
More eruptions are expected and Japanese officials are warning extreme caution. In the meantime, airlines are diverting few if any flights as the island is far enough away from the main part of Japan to not cause disruptions. 133 residents were evacuated to the closest island, Yakushima, along with what they could carry and pets.
Some source information from Daily Mail.