Pacific Ring of Fire a constant threat for people in Japan's Sakurajim | Pacific Beat

Pacific Ring of Fire a constant threat for people in Japan's Sakurajim

Pacific Ring of Fire a constant threat for people in Japan's Sakurajim

Updated 2 September 2013, 17:06 AEST

Many people who live in the Pacific region share their habitat with volcanos, because they are part of the so called Ring of Fire, that encircles the Pacific Ocean.

One of them, in Japan, has been erupting constantly for nearly 60 years, spewing out smoke and ash, and sending shivers through the more than half-a-million people who live nearby.

Japan's Sakurajima volcano recently blasted 100-thousand tonnes of ash more than five-kilometres into the sky, reminding surrounding communities of its power and volatility.

Vulcanologists warn that the magma chamber beneath the mountain is about 90-percent full, meaning a large, lava eruption cannot be ruled out.

North Asia correspondent Mark Willacy travelled to Sakurajima in south-west Japan and filed this report on how people live with this rumbling giant.

Presenter: Mark Willacy

Speaker: Japanese vulcanologist Prof. Masato Iguchi

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