Sakurajima is an active volcano in the Kagoshima Prefecture in Kyushu, Japan. It was dormant for over 100 years until 1914 when a giant eruption created a land bridge between the former island and Kyushu, turning it into a peninsula. Today, Sakurajima continues to have thousands of small eruptions every year, and its lava flows are a major tourist attraction. However, the live volcano is a looming danger for the 680,000 residents who live just a few miles away in the city of Kagoshima. As you can see, it just erupted again on June 6 for the 146th times this year.

Although experts say there is no threat to the nearby residents, the ash cloud from Mount Sakurajima reached a height of 4,500 meters (almost 15,000 feet), the highest since 1955. According to the Meteorology Agency, the volcanic dust will fall for several hours.

Here the first eruption that took place on January 7, 2014:

Here's a recent eruption on May 23, 2014:

And yet, despite the scary vista of a live volcano, it can also be extremely beautiful, as photographed by nature photographer, Takehito Miyatake.


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According to this report in epochtimes, 'To photograph Sakurajima, Miyatake scouts out a spot where a volcano would be visible. Then he reascends the mountain at night, parks his car in a U-turn position, keeps protective headgear at the ready, and waits for the mountain to stir. If he chances upon the volcano when it is active, he only needs to wait three hours; if he’s unlucky—as it happened once—two weeks.'