Mt. Sakurajima, Japan had intense eruptions on April 1 and April 2, 2016.
At night and during the day, the volcano threw columns of ash and gas at a height of between 2 500 and 3 500 meters above the volcanic crater peak.
This is the volcano’s highest ash cloud created by the Japanese volcano in almost a year.
The explosions were accompanied by volcanic lightning and sprays of lava reaching 400 meters length.
Ash fall was observed in the vicinity of Sakurajima.
Sakurajima overlooks the seaside city of Kagoshima on Japan’s Kyushu Island.
Its volcanic activity is closely monitored due its close proximity with the Sendai nuclear plant, which is 50km (30 miles) away.