Sakurajima, one of Japan's most active volcanoes, experienced one of its most powerful eruptions in decades, yesterday, Sunday, sending an ash plume thousands of feet into the air.
The volcano, located in the far southwestern part of Japan's mainland on the island of Kyushu, began to erupt at 4:31 p.m. local time Sunday.
The smoke plume eventually reached a height of 5,000 meters, according to the Kagoshima Local Meteorological Observatory.
Japanese news media said it was the 500th eruption of 2013 at Sakurajima. There are no early reports of any injuries.