Shinmoedake Peak Erupting in Japan

An aerial view shows Shinmoedake peak erupting between the Miyazaki and Kagoshima prefectures January 27, 2011.  Ash and rocks fell across a wide section of southern Japan straddling the prefectures of Miyazaki and Kagoshima on Thursday. As one of Mount Kirishima’s many calderas erupted, authorities raised alert levels and called on for an evacuation of all residents within 2 km (1.2 miles) radius of the volcano.

This is a pretty sweet image of lightning hitting the volcano.


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