Kagoshima Bay 鹿児島湾
Coulée de lave
A l’extrême sud de Kyûshû, partons à la découverte de la somptueuse baie de Kagoshima (鹿児島湾) et de son volcan somptueux, mais aussi menaçant.
Kagoshima Bay is famous in particular for the presence of the volcano to the north of it. Sakurajima (櫻 島) - as it is called - was formerly an island, before a lava finally connected it to Kyushu. This event occurred during the eruption of 1914, particularly spectacular and deadly.Sakurajima's threat levels are very high. Extremely active and explosive, threats of pyroclastic flows and tsunamis are real if the monster is awakened. The city of Kagoshima, only 8 km away from the volcano, and its 600,000 inhabitants, are constantly exposed to dangers.
The Aira Caldeira
The northern part of Kagoshima Bay is what is called a caldera. Borrowed from Portuguese and meaning "cauldron", it is in fact a huge crater from the collapse of an ancient volcano. Following the collapse, the sea is naturally engulfed in this vast depression. The event is dated to 22 000 years. Sakurajima only began forming about 13 000 years ago. Still young, wouldn't you say?