VIDEO: Volcano in southern Japan erupts, sending smoke into the air

On this picture taken from a surveillance digital camera noticed from Kusasenri and launched by Japan Meteorological Company, a column of black smoke rises from Mount Aso, Kumamoto prefecture, southern Japan Monday, Sept. 14, 2015. (Supply: AP)

Mount Aso, a volcano on the southern Japanese island of Kyushu, has erupted, sending big plumes of black after which white smoke 2,000 meters (6,560 toes) into the air.

The eruption Monday prompted authorities to boost the alert stage for the realm, banning folks from approaching inside 2 kilometers (1.25 miles) of the volcano’s mouth.

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There aren’t any properties inside that space and there have been no quick stories of accidents or injury.

The nationwide tv community NHK cited native police as saying they’d evacuated the realm close to a ropeway on the mountain and have been having different guests transfer to decrease elevations. Police have been nonetheless checking to see if any hikers have been within the restricted space.

The Japan Meteorological Company stated the eruption fired bits of volcanic rock, smoke and steam into the air. It was unclear if there was any volcanic circulate from the mountain.

“This might occur a number of instances,” Yasuaki Sudo, a researcher on the Aso Volcano Museum, advised NHK. “An important factor is to remain out of the hazard zone.”

The Japanese archipelago sits atop the Pacific “ring of fireplace” and has greater than 100 volcanoes. Mount Aso had a smaller eruption in August and eruptions in 2014 that disrupted tourism within the space.

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