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Sakurajima Volcano in Kagoshima Bay, Japan

31.7N 130.7E

May 3rd, 2011 Category: Volcanoes

Japan - April 30th, 2011

Sakurajima is an active composite volcano (stratovolcano) and a former island (now connected to the mainland) of the same name in Kagoshima Prefecture in Kyūshū, Japan, visible on the left side of this orthorectified image

The lava flows of the 1914 eruption caused the former island to be connected with the Osumi Peninsula. The volcanic activity still continues, dropping large amounts of volcanic ash on the surroundings.

The peninsula is surrounded by Kagoshima Bay, a deep inlet on the coast of Japan. Kagoshima Bay is on the south coast of the island of Kyūshū. The port city of Kagoshima and its well-protected harbor lie on the bay’s western coast. Visible here on the northern coast is the city of Kirishima. Another city, Miyakonojō, can be observed by the center of the top edge.

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