Fun to know!【The rules of Sakurajima】

The people in Kagoshima and Sakurajima follow these “rules” in their dairy life. Take a look at these “rules” that will help you enjoy Sakurajima-Kinkowan Geopark safely.These are for anyone, from first-time visitors to frequent guests.


【No.1】 Don’ t run away when the eruption occurs.

People can enjoy sightseeing even Sakurajima erupts on a daily basis. You may understand this by looking local residents are living at the bottom of Sakurajima where the eruptions occur hundreds times a year.
The area within 2km of Sakurajima's crater is a no-entry zone. Tourist spots are all at least 2.5km away from the crater so you can sightsee without need for concern.


【No.2】 Don’ t be surprised if you hit by volcanic ash.

You won’t be painful or injured by hitting volcanic ash because those are tiny particles which are less than 2mm. However, be careful if you wear the contact lens because it’ shurt when the volcanic ash got into the eyes. Don’t be afraid when the a she nterd mouth because ther esearch and exploration show that volcanic ash of Sakurajima do not make damage on human body.


【No.3】 Let ash pass by if you want to keep it clean.

People in Kagoshima brush off volcanic ash when it fell on their clothes. However, have a break under the roof until the ash stop falling if you care about getting dirty.
If you do not do not want to get dirty, then there is nothing you need to do. The time of volcanic ash fall is from some minutes to ten minutes. The place under the roof, inside building are recommended place to wait until volcanic ash pass by.


【No.4】 Don’t overdo it when you face “doka bai”

When the ash fall during your car drive, please slowdown or stop the car and wait for finishing fall just like heavy rain. However, as volcanic ash fall in small area of leeward , some time you can escape from ash if you move from the place.

(”doka bai” means “extremely huge amount of ash ” in Japanese)


【No.5】 Don’t be surprised when you see the people without wearing the masks.

You’d better wear the mask when volcanic ash falls, however it doesn’t mean that you can’t go out without masks. You may realize that there are few people wearing masks to solve volcanic ash when you go to the city of Kagoshima.


【No.6】 Don’ t worry too much of huge eruption.

If an eruption of the scale of the Taisho Eruption is to occur, there will be precursory signs observable months in advance such as fluctuations in the earth and frequency of earthquakes. There is no chance of a sudden eruption. Even in the case of the Taisho Eruption, there were precursory signs such as the lowing water levels of wells and earthquakes.


【No.7】 If you are seriously worried, check out the information of Meteorological Agency.

The Meteorological Agency will announce a level 4 eruption warning (prepare for evacuation) or a level 5 eruption warning (evacuate) in the case that a major eruption that requires evacuation has been predicted for Sakurajima, If you would like to know the condition of Sakurajima please inquire at the Meteorological Agency or visit the homepage.

※The eruption alert level of Sakurajima is level 3(There is a restriction on entering the mountain.)[External site]

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