Durand, M.; Gordon, K.; Johnston, D.M.; Lorden, R.; Poirot, T.; Scott, J.; Shephard, B. 2001 Impacts of, and responses to ashfall in Kagoshima from Sakurajima Volcano : lessons for New Zealand . Lower Hutt: Institute of Geological & Nuclear Sciences. Institute of Geological & Nuclear Sciences science report 2001/30 53 p.
Abstract: This report describes the findings from a field visit by New Zealand scientists and engineers to Kagoshima, a Japanese city repeatedly subjected to volcanic ash falls from nearby Sakurajima Volcano. The key objectives of the visit were (1) to determine how ash falls affect the day-to-day operation of the city and it’s people, particularly in terms of engineering ‘Lifelines’ and public health, and (2) to learn how the ash fall situation is managed. Since 1955, Sakurajima’s activity has largely consisted of moderate explosions which generate plumes of ash downwind, which are deposited in the city when wind conditions are right. This type of activity can be expected during the future renewal of eruptive activity anywhere in the Taupo Volcanic Zone, New Zealand, between Ruapehu in the south and White Island in the north. The foremost aims of the visit to Kagoshima were to understand more about possible impacts of future eruptions in New Zealand, and to learn how these impacts can be reduced. (auth)