Volcanic Activity in Japan and the Philippines
Volcano activity has been pretty quiet on the Pilipino front, not too much popping up news wise there. However ever since the end of January, Japan has had a bit of volcanic activity. Kirishima, which is considered to be one of Japan’s most active volcanoes, erupted on the 26th of January, and has had continued activity since. The eruption of Kirishima has caused the closing of many local train lines. The eruption of Kirishima has also produced lava fountains, lava flows and ash. The ash eruption itself reached a height of 25,000 feet. That’s almost five miles into the air, imagine that! And ever since then about 80 million tons of ash has fallen on the area around it since. There have also been explosions at Shinmoedake Volcano/Crater, nine to be exact. And apparently there is a large lava dome forming in the center which could lead to a pyroclastic flow, which as its ominous sounding name indicates, is very, very, bad.