Hot Photo: Lightning Strikes Japan's Erupting Mount Kirishima

Posted by David Ozanich — 31 Jan 2011

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These Reuters photos of Japan's Mount Kirishima erupting, its biggest in 50 years, were published in the Daily Mail. It's not everyday you see lightning striking an active volcano! (You can click to enlarge.)

The volcano, one of 20 inside Mount Kirishima, began erupting around 7.30am [Wednesday] morning and by 3pm heavy smoke had risen to nearly 5,000ft, prompting the meteorological agency to raise the alert level.


Volcanic activity is often reported at Kirishima, but this is the largest eruption recorded there since 1959.

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Via Towleroad which also has videos. More pictures at the Daily Mail.

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