Massive Eruption Of Japan's Mount Shindake Volcano Caught On Camera

05/29/2015 01:07 pm ET | Updated May 29, 2015

Japanese residents fled the remote southern island of Kuchinoerabu on Friday following the eruption of Mount Shindake -- and the spectacular eruption was captured on video.

Mount Shindake spewed black clouds as high as 5.6 miles into the sky as authorities evacuated nearly 140 people from the island, with one man reportedly suffering minor burns but all others believed to be safe. Video captured by the Japan Meteorological Agency and published by the Japanese public broadcaster NHK shows the initial explosion mushrooming into a towering cloud of ash.

Watch the full video, above.

"There was a really loud, 'dong' sound of an explosion," Nobuaki Hayashi, a local village chief, told NHK, "and then black smoke rose, darkening the sky ... It smells of sulphur."

#口永良部島 #噴火

A photo posted by naoko futagami (@nao.ryou.rui) on

"I heard a loud boom and when I looked at the mountains, I saw a gigantic plume rising above," an innkeeper told the Japan Times. "There was an eruption last year, but this time the sound was really loud ... I thought I’d be dead if I got caught in the cloud."

Experts told NHK they'd seen signs an eruption was likely, including swelling of the ground and volcanic earthquakes.

Also on HuffPost:

  • MARTIN BERNETTI via Getty Images
    Η θέα από την περιοχή της Frutillar στη νότια Χιλή δείχνει την ηφαιστειακή έκρηξη του Calbuco. Αμέσως μετά την έκρηξη οι αρχές διέταξαν την εκκένωση των σπιτιών σε ακτίνα δέκα χιλιομέτρων.
  • DAVID CORTES SEREY via Getty Images
    Η θέα από το Puerto Varas
  • DIEGO MAIN via Getty Images
    Η θέα από το Puerto Montt
  • Ivan Konar / LatinContent / Getty Images
    Το ηφαίστειο θεωρείται ένα από τα πιο επικίνδυνα στη Χιλή. Η τελευταία του έκρηξη έγινε πριν 42 χρόνια
  • STR via Getty Images
    Η θέα από το Puerto Varas
  • Ivan Konar / LatinContent / Getty Images
    Θέα από το Puerto Varas στην επαρχία Llanquihue
  • DIEGO MAIN via Getty Images
    Θέα από το Puerto Montt
  • GIORDANA SCHMIDT via Getty Images
    Θέα από το Puerto Varas
  • GIORDANA SCHMIDT via Getty Images
    Θέα από το Puerto Varas
  • FRANCISCO RAMOS MEJIA via Getty Images
    Θέα από τη λίμνη Nahuel Huapi στην επαρχία Rio Negro, 1570 χιλιόμετρα νοτιοδυτικά του Buenos Aires
Suggest a correction
Comments

CONVERSATIONS