Volcano Eruption Caused An Insane Lightning Storm

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Kate Brown
The Sakurajima volcano located in the southern Kagoshima prefecture of Japan erupted on Friday, causing an intense lightning storm that left many awe-struck.

The Sakurajima volcano located in the southern Kagoshima prefecture of Japan erupted on Friday, causing an intense lightning storm that left many awe-struck.

According to the Japan Meteorological Agency, the 3,665-foot volcano erupted around 7:00 p.m. local time, spewing large rocks and debris as far as two kilometers (1.25 miles) away.

As seen in the video above, volcanic lightning flashed within the lava, an event attributed the friction between ash particles and gases.

"It appears that stones have been thrown about 2 km from the crater, but this area is quite far from any communities," said Kazuhiro Ishihara, a professor at Kyoto University.

However, he didn’t seem to think that there is much to worry about from this eruption.

"I don't think there will be any serious impact from the explosion," Ishihara added. "But of course we must keep monitoring the volcanic activity."

Sky News reports that, “there were no immediate reports of injuries in the area near the 1,117m volcano, home to some 4,000 people.”

However, there is a nuclear plant only 50 kilometers (about 30 minutes) away from the volcano, but no warnings have been issued. In fact, reports indicate that there weren’t even a single power-outage.

The deadliest eruption that occurred in over 90 years in Japan happened two years ago in 2014 at Mount Ontake. According to Sky News, 58 people were killed, many of them hikers that were crushed by rocks flying at nearly 200 mph.

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