Japan's Mount Asama Erupts Again


Tokyo, Aug. 26 (Jiji Press)--Mount Asama in central Japan erupted Sunday, the Japan Meteorological Agency said, following an eruption on Aug. 7.

The agency maintained its volcanic alert for the 2,568-meter-tall mountain at Level 2, which restricts approaches to the crater, on a scale of 5.

Grayish white volcanic smoke rose as high as 600 meters from the crater after the eruption happened around 7:28 p.m. (10:28 a.m. GMT), the agency said.

The agency warned of possible large volcanic rocks and pyroclastic flows within 2 kilometers of the crater of the mountain, which straddles Gunma and Nagano prefectures.

There have been no casualties from the eruption in Nagano, prefectural officials said.

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