Shinmoedake Peak in Japan Erupts Dramatically with Powerful Lightning Display (Pictures)

By on Jan 30, 2011 in Asia, Natural Disasters, Science, World Comments

Shinmoedake Peak in Japan erupted last January 26, 2011, and alert level was raised to 3 as of January 27, 2011. This is because the volcano spurted lava, 2.5 km into the air.

The volcanic eruption was accompanied with powerful lightning display and lava ejections, sending residents within 1.2 mile radius to evacuate. This is according to National Geographic.

Watching it from afar provides an “awesome” view of the eruption with the vibrant colors emitted by the volcanic lightning.

The Shinmoedake Peak is a part of the famous Mount Kirishima Volcano group, and is located in Kyushu.  Included in the volcano group are Mount Karakuni, Mount Shinmoe, and Takachihonomine. The highest peak is Mount Karakuni which is 1,700 meters above sea level.


Volcanic lightning flashes from Shinmoedake Peak
Image Credit: National Geographic

Awesome lightning display from Shinmoedake Peak
Image Credit: National Geographic

Ash rises from Shinmoedake Peak
Image Credit: National Geographic


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