Another Volcano Erupts in Japan's Kirishima Mountain Range


Tokyo, April 19 (Jiji Press)--Another volcano erupted in the Kirishima mountain range in the Kyushu region of southwestern Japan on Thursday, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

The eruption occurred around 3:39 p.m. (6:39 a.m. GMT) on Ebino Highland, or Mount Io, in the range, which straddles the prefectures of Miyazaki and Kagoshima, according to the agency.

The agency raised its volcanic alert level for the 1,317-meter volcano from Level 2 to Level 3, the third-highest level on the Japanese alert scale of 5. Level 2 urges people not to approach the crater, while Level 3 restricts entry into the volcano.

Volcanic warning was issued to people in the Miyazaki cities of Kobayashi and Ebino and the Kagoshima city of Kirishima.

The agency warned of large falling rocks or pyroclastic flows within 2 kilometers of the mountain.

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