TOKYO, Oct.20 (Reuters) – A volcano erupted in Japan on Wednesday, sending ash several miles into the sky and prompting authorities to warn of the threat of lava flows and rockfall, but it there were no immediate reports of casualties or damage.
Mount Aso, a tourist destination on the main southern island of Kyushu, sent ash plumes 3.5 km (2.2 miles) high when it erupted around 11:43 a.m. (02:43 GMT), reported Japan Meteorological Agency.
He raised the volcano’s alert level to 3 on a scale of 5, telling people not to approach, and warned of the risk of large rock falls and pyroclastic flows within a radius of ‘About 1 km (0.6 mile) around the mountain’s Nakadake crater. .
The government is in the process of verifying the status of a number of climbers on the mountain at the time, Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno told reporters, but added that there had been no casualty report.
Television networks broadcast footage of a dark ash cloud looming over the volcano that quickly obscured large swathes of the mountain.
Ash fall from the 1,592-meter (5,222-foot) mountain in Kumamoto Prefecture is expected to rain on nearby towns until late afternoon, the weather agency added.
Mount Aso experienced a small eruption in 2019, while Japan’s worst volcanic disaster in nearly 90 years killed 63 people on Mount Ontake in September 2014.
Report from Ju-min Park; Editing by Clarence Fernandez
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