Southwestern Japan Volcano Erupts for First Time in Six Years


Tokyo, Oct. 11 (Jiji Press)—An active volcano in southwestern Japan erupted on Wednesday morning for the first time in about six years, the Japan Meteorological Agency said the same day.

Shinmoedake, which is part of the Kirishima mountain range straddling Miyazaki and Kagoshima Prefectures, started erupting around 5:34 a.m. (8:34 p.m. Tuesday GMT). Shinmoedake last erupted on September 7, 2011.

The agency raised its volcanic alert for Shinmoedake to Level 3, restricting entry to the volcano, from Level 2, which calls for people to refrain from approaching craters.

The agency warned of large ash deposits and pyroclastic flows within two kilometers of the crater.

Volcanic smoke reached as high as about 300 meters from the crater, heading northeast.

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