Streaks of lavender lightning make a cameo appearance during the eruption of Japan's Mount Sakurajima.
In my mind, volcanoes are about as close as we come to understanding the antics of the Greek Gods – such fury, such drama – see what happens when Hephaestus is angered? In some parts of the world, like New York City, we don’t get to see many active volcanoes – which is most likely a blessing. In Japan, however, they’ve got volcanoes. And a particularly active one, Mount Sakurajima, erupts hundreds of times a year. Located in Kyushu, it was the cause of one of Japan’s most powerful eruptions ever, a 1914 blast so intense that its lava flow turned an island into a peninsula, notes Smithsonian Magazine.
Last week’s eruption of Sakurajima led officials to close the area and raise the warning status to level three "do not approach volcano" – (I'm pretty sure the whole exploding-middle-of-the-Earth-inferno thing would be enough to keep me away). But for Japan it's just business as usual. One Kyoto University volcanologist tells the Associated Press that “the eruption, while dramatic, was average compared to Sakurajima’s past eruptions.” OK, fine, average. But sorry, when combined with lightning, average becomes very showy … at least in the eyes of this New Yorker.
See it all in the video below. And maybe someone could toss a sacrifice to Hephaestus?
Sakurajima volcano eruption even more stunning in slow-motion pic.twitter.com/XRuwh9DFiz— Jon Passantino (@passantino) February 5, 2016