Oct 11, 2017

Volcano in southwestern Japan erupts for 1st time in 6 years

MIYAZAKI, Japan - A volcano on the southwestern main island of Kyushu erupted early Wednesday for the first time in six years, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

Mt. Shinmoe, straddling the borders of Kagoshima and Miyazaki prefectures, had been showing intensifying volcanic activity, such as an increasing number of volcanic earthquakes, since late last month.

(Japan Meteorological Agency)

A small amount of ash fell in the town of Takaharu in Miyazaki but no injuries or damage have been reported so far, according to local police.

The eruption occurred at around 5:34 a.m., with the plume rising about 300 meters above the crater, according to the agency, which raised its alert level from 1 to 2 on a scale of five last Thursday. The current alert level warns people not to go near the crater.

The last major eruption of the volcano, which is part of the Kirishima mountain range, occurred on Sept. 7, 2011.




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