Volcano erupts in Kyushu

Lawrence Kim
April 19, 2018

Mount Kirishima also on the island of Kyushu erupted on Thursday just a few minutes after the Mt Io eruption, according to the JMA. A volcano erupted in southern Japan on April 19, spewing steam and ash hundreds of metres into the air, as authorities warned locals not to approach the mountain.

It marked the first time the agency has raised the alert level to 3 for the mountain.

Mt Kirishima is one of a number of volcanoes in the Ebino highlands region, which straddle both Kagoshima and Miyazaki prefectures.

It was the first eruption of the mountain since 1768, the JMA said.

The JMA raised the volcanic alert level to Level 3 (Do not approach the volcano) at 3:55 p.m. following the eruption, and is calling for those within a roughly 3-kilometer radius of the volcano's crater to be careful of flying cinders and those within an approximately 2-kilometer radius to be wary of pyroclastic flows.

The eruption at the 1,700-metre high group of volcanoes occurred at 3.43pm local time (7.43am BST), close to Io Yama.

The television broadcasts footage showing grayish smoke rising from several places on the volcano.

In January, a Japanese soldier was killed and several other people injured after an eruption near a popular ski resort in northwest of Tokyo.

Two months later, Shinmoedake - a volcano which featured in a 1960s James Bond movie "You Only Live Twice", and in the same Kirishima range as Io Yama - shot smoke and ash thousands of meters into the sky.

On September 27, 2014, Japan suffered its deadliest eruption in nearly 90 years when Mount Ontake, in central Nagano prefecture, burst unexpectedly to life.

Japan is located on the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire, known for frequent earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.

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