Volcano erupts, Japan issues warning

Japan issued a warning after a volcano in the southwest of the country erupted, sending large rocks hundreds of meters away from the crater.

The Japan Meteorological Agency today put the warning at 3 on a scale of 5, meaning people should not approach the area around Otake volcano on Suwanose island, Kagoshima prefecture after the eruption at 2am on September 16.

There were no immediate reports on the number of people injured following the eruption.

Otake volcano on Suwanose Island, Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan erupted in March. Photo: Twitter/EHA News.

Otake Volcano on Suwanose Island, Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan erupted in March. Photo: Twitter/EHA News.

Many “explosives” were initially recorded at the crater on September 16. The meteorological agency warned that large rocks shot from the 799-meter-high crater in Toshima village could fall within a two-kilometer radius.

After the explosion early this morning, the government set up a liaison office at the prime minister’s office to collect information.

Suwanose, a volcanic island with a population of less than 100, is located south of the main island of Kyushu, the southernmost tip of Japan. A similar eruption occurred at Mount Otake in March and the meteorological agency issued a level three warning at the time.

Japan, with its numerous active volcanoes, lies on the Pacific “Ring of Fire”, which has recorded a large proportion of the world’s earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.

Huyen Le (Follow AFP, Mainichi)

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