Japan's Sakurajima volcano could erupt in next few decades, say researchers!

Sakurajima volcano is an active composite volcano and a former island in Kagoshima Prefecture in Japan. Its eruption in 1914 caused the erstwhile island to merge with the Osumi Peninsula.

Japan's Sakurajima volcano could erupt in next few decades, say researchers!

New Delhi: Nature has its own way of doing things. An interesting research has suggested that a Japanese volcano that previously erupted in the year 1914, is gearing up for a blast in the coming few decades.

Sakurajima volcano is an active composite volcano and a former island in Kagoshima Prefecture in Japan. Its eruption in 1914 caused the erstwhile island to merge with the Osumi Peninsula.

Now, it seems like the pool of liquid magma protruding beneath the volcano has been slowly mounting every year, which is a sure sign of threat.

"This big reservoir is growing, and it's growing at quite a fast rate," said study co-author James Hickey, a geophysical volcanologist at the University of Exeter's Camborne School of Mines in England, Live Science reported.

Going by the calculations, Sakurajima could erupt cataclysmically within approximately 25 years, according to the study.

Live Science further reported that, the new analysis could also help scientists forecast better when other big volcanoes could erupt, as per the researchers.

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