Japanese Volcano Erupts Producing Mesmerizing Volcanic Lightning (Video)

Last week, Japan’s Sakurajima volcano erupted, causing intense blasts of lava and bursts of volcanic lightning.

The volcano is located in Kagoshima Bay, just a few miles from Kagoshima City. During the eruption, the nearby city’s 600,000 residents were alerted by the Japan Meteorological Agency not to approach the volcano.

But considering that Sakurajima is one of the world’s most active volcanoes and the eruption was relatively mild, the residents of Kagoshima didn’t find the event all too alarming. Instead, residents witnessed the lava and lightning show from a safe distance as they went through their usual daily routines.

Check out the video below to see the lightning-packed volcanic eruption…

Learn more about how volcanic lightning is formed here at National Geographic.

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