This incredible video footage compliments of dutchsince captured the massive eruption of Japan's Mount Kuchinoerabujima Volcano, located in southern Japan.
Watching the video you can see the massive pyroclastic flow cloud hurtling down the sides of the volcano.
This video was likely taken about 10-15 miles away so it appears the pyroclastic flow cloud is moving in slow motion.
However, pyroclastic flows are incredibly hot clouds of burning ash and travel at well over 100 mph and the devastation on the sides of this volcano will be enormous. Pyroclastic flows are a fluidized mixture of solid to semi-solid fragments and hot, expanding gases that flows down the flank of a volcano. They are composed of a hot gaseous part which rises straight up and a denser hot ash/rock part that plummets down the slopes.
Trees will be instantly burned out and all wildlife exposed along the sides of the volcano will be instantly extinguished. Only survivors would be burrowing animals that could take shelter below ground.
You can really see the pyroclastic flow hurtling down the valley in the middle foreground.
The incredible power of this eruption is enormous as you can see the blast of ash go straight up through the existing clouds probably 25-35,000 ft up.
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