The volcanic eruption that took place at Mount Sakurajima in Kagoshima left a long trail of ash clouds all over southern Japan. The blast escalated thousands of meters, (5,000 meters- 16,000 feet) a record making height since 1955. The plume of volcanic smoke in the air casted a dark spell over the Kagoshima City, southwest of Tokyo.
Residents and tourists had no alternative but to cover their mouths with handkerchiefs and masks for protection, while others took umbrellas to shield themselves. Visibility also deteriorated due to the volcanic cloud. The pyroclastic flow, a fast-moving current of rock and gas was observed along several miles.
This eruption became a cause of delay in train services, as the drivers had to resort to headlights in bright daylight too. Mount Sakurajima is a very active volcano this eruption was the 5-hundredth eruption taking place this year, however the others didn’t even come close to the severity of this one.
Watch this video to know how the ever-bustling city of Kagoshima came to a standstill.