On this day in 1888: Mount Bandai eruptions kill hundreds

JAPAN (HawaiiNewsNow) - Exactly 130 years ago, Mount Bandai erupted on the Japanese island of Honshu, killing hundreds and covering several villages in ash and burning mud.

At about 7:30 a.m. on July 15, 1888, the northern side of the Bandai mountain exploded, causing powerful tremors. In the hours that followed, dozens of quakes shook the Japanese island, sending debris thousands of of feet into the air.

Explosions at the mountain created an enormous, 21,000-foot wide cloud of ash and steam that rained burning mud, also known as a pyroclastic debris, over the area, covering several villages in the mountain's vicinity.

The devastating eruptions also killed an estimated 461 people, and left an 8,000-foot crater in the earth.

In addition to those who died, hundreds of people were injured in the cataclysmic event, with reports of people suffering from broken bones and cracked skulls, as well as severe burns and scarring as a result of the eruptions.

The entire event only lasted a day, but ash from the explosions slightly dimmed the sun worldwide for months, and Mount Bandai is still missing much of its northern side.

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