The Sakurajima Taisho Eruption 100th Anniversary Project
Kagoshima Prefecture is one of the most well-known volcanic prefectures in Japan with its 11 active volcanoes including Sakurajima and Kirishima (Mt. Shinmoe) which continue their vigorous volcanic activities to this day.
January 12th, 2014, marks the 100th anniversary of Sakurajima’s great Taisho Eruption of 1914.
The great Taisho Eruption and the accompanying earthquakes resulted in grave damage; 58 were killed or missing, 112 were injured, 2,148 houses were burned down and 315 houses were partially or wholly destroyed.
Sakurajima has the potential to cause a similar type of eruption. Therefore it is important to learn the volcanic features of Sakurajima and always be prepared for volcanic eruptions.
The Scientific Assembly of the International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of the Earth’s Interior (IAVCEI) which is held roughly every four years will be held in Kagoshima City in July, 2013 with the participation of many eminent volcanologists from both within and outside Japan. This is the first IAVCEI assembly to be held in Japan in approximately 30 years.
On this memorable centennial occasion of the Taisho Eruption, we will conduct the “The Sakurajima Taisho Eruption 100th Anniversary Project” by taking the best opportunity of this assembly. This project aims to tell the lessons learned from past volcanic disasters to future generations and to enhance awareness of disaster prevention among people living in Kagoshima city and the prefecture as a whole.