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Southwestern Japan Volcano Erupts for First Time in Six Years (News)

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…

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