Japan’s Mount Aso erupts, people warned to stay away

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Japan’s Mount Aso erupts, people warned to stay away


A Japanese volcano has erupted, spewing ash several miles into the sky, prompting authorities to warn people to stay away from the threat of lava flows and rockfall, but there is no had no immediate reports of casualties or damage.
Mount Aso, a tourist destination on the country’s main southern island, Kyushu, spat plumes of ash 3.5 km high on Wednesday when it erupted around 11:43 a.m. (02:43 GMT), the agency said. Japanese meteorological.

JMA increased its alert level for the volcano to 3 on a scale of 5, telling people not to approach, and warned of the risk of large volcanic boulders and pyroclastic flows within a radius of approximately 1 km (0.6 mile) around the mountain’s Nakadake crater.

The agency added that the pyroclastic flows could extend to areas within 2 km (1.24 miles)

He also warned people of possible large ashes, according to public service broadcaster NHK.

The closest populated town to Mount Aso is Aso, which has a population of around 26,500.

Ash fall from the 1,592-meter (5,222-foot) mountain in Kumamoto Prefecture is expected to rain on nearby towns until late afternoon, JMA 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.

Japan has 110 active volcanoes and constantly monitors 47.

Along with volcanic eruptions, earthquakes are also common in Japan, one of the earth’s most earthquake-prone regions. Japan accounts for about 20% of global earthquakes of magnitude 6 or greater.



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