Sakura-jima (Volcano Week 7)

Once a volcanic island centered in Japan’s Kagoshima Bay, during an eruption in 1914 the Sakura-jima volcano decided to change the landscape by reaching out with massive lava flows and connecting itself to the mainland. The lava also engulfed several smaller islands around the volcano and altered the tides by raising the bay’s floor. Sakura-jima is a 1,117 m (3,665 ft) tall stratovolcano that formed in the centre of the 22,000 year old Aira caldera in southwest Japan. It is considered one of Japan’s most active volcanoes due to thousands of small eruptions that occur here each year.…

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