Volcanic Eruption in Kagoshima prefecture, Japan
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- Travelers should avoid all nonessential travel to the areas around the Sakurajima Volcano.
- On July 24, 2021, Sakurajima Volcano erupted on the island of Kyushu in Japan.
- Japan’s Meteorological Agency has advised the evacuation of the towns surrounding the volcano.
- There is an ongoing risk of further volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, and toxic explosions.
- If you must travel to Kagoshima prefecture, obey all instructions from local authorities.
Volcanoes can produce ash, toxic gases, lava flows, flash floods of hot water, and fast-moving flows of hot gases and debris. When a volcano erupts, some dangers can occur with little or no notice.
Volcanic eruptions can result in additional threats, including mudslides, power outages, contamination of water sources, and wildfires.
Serious health concerns after a volcanic eruption include respiratory illnesses, suffocation, burns, injuries from ashfall and collapsed structures, infectious diseases, and vehicle accidents related to the conditions caused by ash.
The US Embassy & Consulates in Japan has issued a message to US citizens, advising them to monitor local news media, government websites, and the Japan Meteorological Agency for official orders and precautions. Check the US Embassy and Consulates in Japan Alerts and Messages webpage for the latest information.
If you must travel, take steps to protect yourself.
- Check the CDC website.
- Check CDC’s Japan destination page for additional information about health concerns and travel health recommendations.
- Check the US Embassy and Consulates in Japan website.
If you get sick during or after travel
- If you feel sick during or after travel, seek medical care immediately and tell your healthcare provider about your activities during your trip, including contact with volcanic ash.
- Health Information for Travelers to Japan
- CDC Website for Natural Disasters and Severe Weather: Volcanoes
- CDC Website for Air Quality: Volcanoes and Air Quality
- Humanitarian Aid Workers (CDC Yellow Book: Health Information for International Travel)