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A Volcano in Japan erupted throwing stones more than 3 kilometers in radius

Photo of Japan Meteorological Agency 

Last January 11, 2020, Saturday at around 3:05 p.m. Japan time. A volcano in the island of southwestern Japan erupted, the Meteorological Agency said.

Kuchinoerabu Island is located some 130 km south-southwest of the city of Kagoshima.

Rocks were thrown about 300 meters from the crater of Mt. Shintake on Kuchinoerabu Island in Kagoshima Prefecture following the eruption around 3:05 p.m., the agency said, adding it had not confirmed any pyroclastic flow.

The volcano is maintained on alert level for the volcano at 3 on a scale of 5, from level 2 last October due to major earthquake.

The agency warned of possible flying rocks and pyroclastic flows within about a 2-kilometer radius of the crater.

In May 2015, all residents of the island were evacuated to Yakushima Island, some 12 km to the east, after explosive eruptions from the volcano.


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