Volcanic eruptions drape Kagoshima in ash

09/15/2011
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KAGOSHIMA (majirox news) — Repeated eruptions from the Sakurajima volcano have produced large amounts of ash draping the city center Sept. 15, the Kagoshima Local Meteorological Agency said.

Eruptions from the volcano overlooking the city of Kagoshima began on Wednesday morning, dumping 217 grams of ash per square meter (7 ounces per 10 square feet), the third-highest level of ash to fall since records began in 1994.

Volcanic ash covered much of Kagoshima’s Tenmmonkan entertainment and business district on Thursday morning, visibly forming clouds as cars drove through it and many pedestrians covering their faces with towels or surgical masks to avoid breathing it in.

Sakurajima is an active volcano that regularly erupts, though its most deadly eruption in post-feudal Japan was almost a century ago, when 35 were killed in 1914.

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