FEARFUL PLIGHT OF INHABITANTS
Tokio, January 14
The activity of Sakurashima commenced witb enormous columns of smoke bursting from several points, followed fifty minutes later by an eruption at the summit. The houses on the east side of Sakuras j hima were the firet to catch fire.
The surviving inhabitants thronged the beach.
The polios comahdeered lighters and took off the refugees. The heat was intense, and the tky was dark-red with tbe smoke. Seen from the mainland, the island pre.sented a magnificent spectacle. It apppared to bo enveloped in flames, their brilliance being constantly enhanced by eruption at tbe cra'er.
Meanwhile seventy thousand people at Kagoshima believed that their homes were about to share the fate of thoss on the island where hundreds cf housas Were destroyed, and the inhabitants killed or injurefd.
Kagoshima. was shaken by an earthquake every three or four minutes. Two hundred were registered on Sunday.
Asama is also active
Kagoshima ia also causing devastation. A tidal wive added to the horrors at Kagoshima, where a multitude was crowded on the beac i watching the spectacle of the blazing island.
Seismic • disturbances are prevalent throughout Kyusbyu province. Nagasaki, 100 miles away, is covered with volcanic ash.
Two squadrons of warships tent to the relief have arrived at Kagosbimi Tbey report that the" city has beer, practically de. stroyed by the eruption, and also the villag s and towns in the neighbourhood.
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JAPANESE ERUPTION, Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXII, Issue 4364, 16 January 1914
JAPANESE ERUPTION Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXII, Issue 4364, 16 January 1914
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