A strong eruption took place at Mount Shindake’s Kuchinoerabujima volcano at 07:37 UTC on Dec 18. The volcano, located in the southwestern prefecture of Kagoshima, has been sporadically erupting since October 2018.
“After regular small eruptions for many weeks and then a complete pause in activity this appears to be the largest explosive eruption there in quite a while,” said James Reynolds of EarthUncutTV.
Volcanic ash rose up to 2,000 m (6,500 feet) above the crater (2,640 m / 8,656 feet a.s.l.), and large rocks were seen spewing from the crater. However, some part of the volcanic ash cloud is continually obscured by meteorological clouds, preventing precise height measurement.
According to NHK, a pyroclastic flow reached a distance of about 1 km (0.62 miles) down the western slope. It is the first such flow to be observed there since May of 2015, when all residents were evacuated.
- A confirmed VEI3 eruption took place in May 2015.
- The previous VEI3 before that was in December 1968.
- And the volcano has a confirmed VEI4 eruption under its belt, in December 1933.
According to the Smithsonian Institute.
Seismic and Volcanic activity has been correlated to changes in our sun.
The recent global uptick in earthquakes and volcanic eruptions is likely attributed to the drop-off in solar activity, coronal holes, and the increase in Galactic Cosmic Rays penetrating silica-rich magma.
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Grand Solar Minimum