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Check out the “dirty thunderstorm” raging inside the mouth of erupting Mount Sakurajima

dirty thunderstorm over erupting mount sakurajima

Mount Sakurajima, a 3,665-foot-high volcano in Japan, erupted this week sending a plume of smoke more than 3 miles into the air. Even better, all the flying ash and rock created a static electricity storm inside the mouth of the volcano. A photographer captured a picture of the storm which raged within the Showa crater on the southeastern side of the volcano.

Storms such as this are called “dirty thunderstorms”. They are rare in general but fairly common at Mount Sakurajima. So far Mount Sakurajima has seen 50 eruptions this year.

Dirty thunderstorm over erupting Mount Sakurajima
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