James Reynolds, the storm chaser, and a drone pilot shot amazing aerial footage of the eruption of Shinmoedake, a volcano in Kagoshima Prefecture, Kyūshū, Japan. You can also hear the rumbling sound coming from the volcano.

Aerial Footage Shows Eruption at Shinmoedake Volcano

This drone footage was shot on October 12, 2017, using a DJI Mavic Pro. The man who shot this amazing video, James Reynolds, records Nature’s violent tantrums. His work often can be seen on CNN, TWC, Discovery, National Geographic, etc. With his words on his Twitter account, he “reports from Nature’s extreme front lines, for jaw-dropping videos of Earth’s most violent natural forces.

Reynolds shot the eruption from a safe distance, about 2.5 kilometers (1.5 miles) from the crater. The plume of the smoke rose some 2,000 meters (5,600 feet) above the crater. For comparison, the volcano’s height is 1,421 meters (4,662 feet) above sea level. A small amount of volcanic ash fell in three cities and the town of Takaharu in Miyazaki. In Takaharu, some people walking about used umbrellas for protection from the ash. According to the Meteorological Agency of Japan, there were volcanic tremors had been intensifying in the area since late September.

Believed to have formed between 7,300 and 25,000 years ago, Shinmoedake (Shinmoe-dake, which means Shinmoe peak in English) is a volcano in Kagoshima Prefecture, Kyūshū, Japan, and a part of the Mount Kirishima cluster of volcanoes. The previously recorded eruptions were in 1716, 1717, 1771, 1822, 1959, 1991, 2008, 2009, and 2011.

Shinmoedake volcano 2017 eruption
Aerial footage of the eruption of Shinmoedake. It is an active stratovolcano with a height of 1,421 m (4,662 ft) above sea level. A stratovolcano, also known as a composite volcano, is a conical volcano built up by many layers (strata) of hardened lava, tephra, pumice, and volcanic ash. Unlike shield volcanoes, which are usually built almost entirely of fluid lava flows and named for their low profile, resembling a warrior’s shield lying on the ground, stratovolcanoes are characterized by a steep profile and periodic explosive eruptions and effusive eruptions.

2011 Eruption of Shinmoedake

2011 was a very active year for the volcano – it erupted many times starting from January. One of the eruptions in 2011 was on March 13, two days after the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake, one of the most powerful and deadly earthquakes in recorded history. Several hundred residents were evacuated from the area because of the eruption.

Shinmoedake was used as a location in the 1967 James Bond film and the fifth spy film in the James Bond series, “You Only Live Twice”, as the volcano in which the villains’ secret rocket base is located.


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