Amazing video footage of volcanic eruption at Mount Shinmoedake, Japan.
Watch carefully for the volcanic lightnings!
Shinmoe peak (Shinmoe-dake), part of the Kirishima volcano group in southern Kyushu, began erupting on Jan 26, 2011 in dramatic fashion.
The eruption, thought to be the largest at Kirishima since 1959, sent a plume of ash 1,500 meters into the air, prompting the Japan Meteorological Agency to issue a Level 3 volcano warning for the surrounding area.
This spectacular footage of the eruption was captured by an observer in the area.
Did you observe the volcanic lightnings? Watch other pictures of this amazing phenomenon here.