Mount Oyama

Tuesday, 20th June 2006 by

Update: Since posting this 4 hours ago, Mount Oyama has been updated to some jaw-dropping high-resolution imagery. Timing huh!?

This is Mount Oyama on the Japanese island of Miyakejima, which is seen here spouting a rather impressive plume of steam. In August 2000 all the island's inhabitants were evacuated due to the eruptions which started in July of that year. Described as a "3,000 foot column of steam, smoke, and ash [rising] skyward", could this be a picture of that eruption?

The islands residents weren't allowed to return return permanently until February 2005 - nearly 5 years later!

Thanks to Greenek.