Volcano erupts on Japanese island Kyushu, prompting evacuations | Volcanoes News

Sakurajima is one in every of Japan’s most lively volcanoes and eruptions of various ranges happen frequently.

A volcano on Japan’s primary southern island of Kyushu has erupted, spewing ash and rocks, and sending black smoke billowing excessive into the air.

There have been no fast stories of harm or accidents in close by cities, however residents have been suggested to evacuate on Sunday night.

Sakurajima volcano, which is situated on the southern tip of Kyushu close to town of Kagoshima, erupted at about 8:05pm (11:05 GMT) on. Sunday, blowing off massive rocks so far as 2.5km (15.5 miles) away within the southern prefecture of town, the Japanese Meteorological Company (JMA) mentioned.

Footage on Japan’s NHK public tv confirmed orange flames flashing close to the crater. The eruption alert degree has been raised to 5, the very best, with some areas suggested to evacuate, it added.

The company mentioned about 120 residents in two cities have been suggested to depart their houses, and warned of falling volcanic rocks in areas inside 3km (1.9 miles) of the crater and the doable stream of lava, ash and searing gasoline inside 2km (1.2 miles).

“We’ll put the individuals’s lives first and do our utmost to evaluate the scenario and reply to any emergency,” Deputy Chief Cupboard Secretary Yoshihiko Isozaki advised reporters.

He known as on residents within the space to pay shut consideration to the most recent updates from native authorities.

Robin George Andrews, a volcanologist who spoke to Al Jazeera from Kyushu, mentioned that the realm was properly ready for eruptions, though it was a bit unnerving when the alert degree is raised to the very best degree, and the hazard zone can change its radius relying on the volcanic exercise.

“Folks in Kagoshima and within the surrounding space are very properly versed in what to do within the occasion that Sakurajima will get a bit extra violent,” Andrews advised Al Jazeera.

“There are common drills and common evacuation protocols. Faculties typically undergo what to do with their pupils when the volcano acts up. It’s one of the monitored volcanoes within the nation.”

Nuclear regulators mentioned there have been no irregularities detected on the Sendai nuclear energy plant, which lies about 50km (31 miles) from the volcano.

Sakurajima is one in every of Japan’s most lively volcanoes and eruptions of various ranges happen frequently. In 2019 it spewed ash 5.5km (3.4 miles) excessive. It was once an island, however turned a peninsula following an eruption in 1914.

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