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Sakurajima volcano erupts in western Japan, neighbouring villages are ordered to evacuate

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TOKYO — On Kyushu, the main southern island of Japan, a volcano erupted on Sunday night, spewing ash and debris.

Although there were no early reports of injuries or property damage in adjacent towns, locals were encouraged to leave. Sakurajima volcano in the southern prefecture of Kagoshima erupted at at 8:05 p.m., according to Japan’s Meteorological Agency, sending big rocks flying as far as 2.5 kilometres (1.5 miles).

Orange flames flashed close to the crater as dark ash smoke rose into the night sky from the peak, as shown by Japanese public television NHK.

Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihiko Isozaki told reporters, “We will put the people’s lives first and do our utmost to assess the situation and respond to any emergency.

He urged locals to closely follow the most recent information from the authorities in order to safeguard their lives. About 120 people of two communities that are directly across from the volcano were warned to abandon their homes after the agency increased the eruption alert to the highest level of five.

The organisation issued a warning of falling volcanic rocks in places less than 3 kilometres (1.8 miles) from the crater and a potential flow of lava, ash, and scalding gas less than 2 kilometres from the crater (1.2 miles).

One of Japan’s most active volcanoes, Sakurajima, lies around 1,000 kilometres (600 miles) southwest of Tokyo and has erupted numerous times. After an eruption in 1914, it changed from being an island to becoming a peninsula.

  • On a small island in Kyushu, southern Japan, the Sakurajima volcano erupted around 8 p.m. local time.On a small island in Kyushu, southern Japan, the Sakurajima volcano erupted around 8 p.m. local time.
  • 51 people of the surrounding towns of Arimura and Furusato have been instructed to leave after the JMA issued the highest level 5 eruption alert.
  • There have not yet been any reports of accidents or eruption-related damage.

The majority of Kagoshima is located across the harbour from the volcano, but numerous residential neighbourhoods, like the Arimura and Furusato districts, are just approximately 3 kilometres away from the crater.

According to NHK, 51 residents in the towns had been told to leave, and buses had been dispatched there. Despite not anticipating any significant eruptions from the volcano after Sunday’s eruption, a JMA official cautioned the public to be on the lookout for pyroclastic flows up to 2 km from the craters.

Additionally, they issued a 3-kilometer warning to nearby neighbours to be on the lookout for flying rocks and volcanic ash.

In certain regions close to the volcano, rain was predicted for Monday, according to the JAM, but not the kind of heavy rain that might trigger mudslides after the eruption.

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