Even though the Kagoshima’s more than 600,000 residents have the habit to deal with such things, it was embarrassing to use umbrellas to shield themselves from the falling ash. They were obliged to wear masks and raincoats and the railway service was temporarily halted.
An intensive cleaning operation was developed in the streets. Garbage trucks and water sprinklers were used to clean all around. As reported by officials, no injuries or damage were registered.
The 1914 the eruption of the Sakurajima volcano was the most powerful. The lava turned the Kagoshima Bay into a volcanic peninsula and 34 people were killed.
From 1955, thousands of small explosions occur every year. Sakurajima is part of the Kirishima-Yaku National Park as a major tourist attraction with its lava flows.