Japanese Volcano Erupts, Spitting Out Smoke and Rock; No Injuries

Japanese Volcano Erupts, Spitting Out Smoke and Rock; No Injuries

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An aerial view shows Io Yama erupting in Miyazaki prefecture
An aerial view shows Io Yama erupting in Miyazaki prefecture, on the southwest island of Kyushu, Japan, in this photo taken by Kyodo April19, 2018. Mandatory credit Kyodo/via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS -THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. MANDATORY CREDIT. JAPAN OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN JAPAN. THIS IMAGE WAS PROCESSED BY REUTERS TO ENHANCE QUALITY. AN UNPROCESSED VERSION HAS BEEN PROVIDED SEPARATELY.

TOKYO (Reuters)

A volcano in Japan erupted on Thursday, shooting clouds of smoke and rocks into the sky, and prompting authorities to ban access to the peak, but there were no reports of any damage or casualties

The eruption of Io Yama, a 1,298 m (4,258 ft) high volcano on the southernmost main island of Kyushu, was the latest in a series of eruptions in Japan this year. One person has been killed.

Television footage showed grayish smoke jetting from several spots on the side of the mountain in the Kirishima range, in a rural area about 985 km (616 miles) from Tokyo.

 

A video grab from the Japan Meteorological Agency's live camera image shows Io Yama erupting in Miyazaki prefecture
A video grab from the Japan Meteorological Agency’s live camera image shows Io Yama erupting in Miyazaki prefecture, on the southwest island of Kyushu, Japan April19, 2018. Japan Meteorological Agency/Handout via REUTERS

 

A warning level for Io Yama was raised to “3” from “2” on Japan’s 5-level scale, with the Japan Meteorological Agency warning that volcanic rocks could be hurled as far as 2 km (1.2 miles).

In January, a member of the military was killed and 11 people injured, some critically, when Kusatsu-Shirane volcano rained rocks down on skiers at a resort in central Japan.

 

 

Two months later, Shinmoedake – a volcano which featured in a 1960s James Bond movie, and in the same Kirishima range as Io Yama – shot smoke and ash thousands of metres into the sky.

Japan has 110 active volcanoes and monitors 47 of them around the clock. In September 2014, 63 people were killed on Mount Ontake, the worst volcanic toll in Japan for nearly 90 years.

 

(Reporting by Elaine Lies; Editing by Robert Birsel)

 

An aerial view shows Io Yama erupting in Miyazaki prefecture
An aerial view shows Io Yama erupting in Miyazaki prefecture, on the southwest island of Kyushu, Japan, in this photo taken by Kyodo April19, 2018. Mandatory credit Kyodo/via REUTERS