Japanese volcanoes spew ash eruption, people warned

A video grab from a live camera image of the Japan Meteorological Agency shows the eruption of Mt. Aso in Aso City, Kumamoto Prefecture, on October 20, 2021.Handouts via the Japan Meteorological Agency / REUTERS

October 20, 2021

Tokyo (Reuters)-A volcano erupted in Japan on Wednesday, erupting ash several miles into the sky, urging authorities to warn against the threat of lava flows and falling rocks, but immediate reports of casualties and damage There wasn’t.

According to the Japan Meteorological Agency, Mt. Aso, a major tourist destination in southern Kyushu, sent a 3.5 km (2.2 mile) high ash eruption when it erupted at around 11:43 am (0243 GMT).

We raised the alert level of the volcano to 3 in 5 steps, told them to stay away, and warned of the danger of large rockfalls and pyroclastic flows within a radius of about 1 km (0.6 miles) from the Nakadake crater in the mountains. ..

Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno told reporters that the government was checking the status of many climbers at the time, but added that there were no reports of casualties.

Television networks broadcast images of dark ash clouds over the volcano, quickly obscuring the wide belts of the mountains.

The fall of ash from a 1,592-meter (5,222-foot) mountain in Kumamoto Prefecture is expected to cause showers in nearby towns until late in the afternoon, the Japan Meteorological Agency added.

Mt. Aso erupted in 2019, but the worst volcanic disaster in Japan for nearly 90 years killed 63 people on Mt. Ontake in September 2014.

(Report by Jumin Park, edited by Clarence Fernandez)

Japanese volcanoes spew ash eruption, people warned

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