See Volcanic Lightning During an Eruption in Japan

Feb 05, 2016

A volcano erupted Friday in southwest Japan, sending bursts of lava flowing out of the side.

Mount Sakurajima unleashed grey smoke and streaking flashes of lightning. There were no immediate reports of injuries, according to the Guardian, but officials did ban entry to the site.

The eruption was minor compared to previous fits by Mount Sakurajima. The volcano overlooks the city of Kagoshima. Sakurajima was formerly an island until lava flows from a 1914 eruption connected it with the Osumi Peninsula.

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