28 February 1997
Vol 275, Issue 5304

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One of the hundreds of explosive eruptions that occur annually at Sakurajima Volcano, Japan. These discrete explosive events are accompanied by shock waves and lightning. Eruption pressures of 0.2 to 5 megapascals (50 times atmospheric pressure) are estimated from shocks recorded on microbarographs. See 1290 and the Perspective on 1278. [Photograph: Kazuhiro Ishihara, taken from the Sakurajima Volcano Research Center, 5.5 kilometers west of the summit at 23:03 Japanese standard time on 18 May 1991]