Large Eruption at Mount Shindake in Japan Ejects Plume 7,000 Meters in the Air and Triggers Pyroclastic Flow

Mount Shindake on the Japanese island of Kutinoerabu erupted in the early hours of February 3, 2020.

The strong volcanic eruption sent a plume of ash and gas 7,000 meters in the air and created a 900-meter-long pyroclastic flow on the southwest slope of the crater.

Mount Shindake erupts on February 3, 2020 in Japan.

Mount Shindake erupted at 5:30 a.m. on February 3, 2020, sending ash and smoke 7,000 meters in the air.

Did you see the volcanic lightnings in the video above?

The eruption created pyroclastic flows that reached around 900 meters southwest of the crater for the first time since January 29, 2019.

According to official reports, large stones were ejected about 600 meters above the crater but neither the pyroclastic flow nor the stones reached residential areas. However, ashfall was reported across the island:

In May 2015, all inhabitants of the small island were evacuated to Yakushima island and returned about 1 year later when the evacuation orders had been lifted.

The volcanic alert level remains at 3 out of 5 meaning climbers should not walk on the mountain. The alert was raised in October following a major earthquake. A new powerful eruption could hit at any time.