November 30, 2021

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Aso volcano erupts in Japan

In Japan, on the island of Kyushu, the Aso volcano in the center erupted, spewing ash several kilometers high during the eruption.

Local authorities have warned tourists and residents of nearby towns to stay away from the volcano, Reuters and AFP reported.

Immediately after the explosion, there were no reports of injuries or damage. However, the volcano, located in Kumamoto Prefecture, still spews a lot of ash and hot gases into the air, and ash is expected to fall on neighboring towns for several hours.

Mount Aso is a popular tourist destination. Tomoaki Ozaki, representative of the Japan Meteorological Agency in Kishucho (JMA), told the media that people close to the volcano “must be careful and beware of large boulders falling and flows of lava material.”

According to the JMA, the volcano erupted at 11.43 a.m. local time, releasing volcanic material up to 3.5 kilometers in height. Additionally, the eruption was scheduled to be preceded by a slight eruption last Thursday.

Warnings apply

The local authorities for the eruption of this volcano issued a warning of the fifth degree of volcanic activity. The last time authorities announced a high level of warning about the Aso volcano was in 2016 after it came to life after 19 years of slumber.

Japan is one of the most volcanically active countries in the world. It is located on the so-called Pacific Ocean. Ring of Fire – a horseshoe-shaped set of seismic fault lines in the ocean. Therefore, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions often occur in the country.

The most destructive eruption of the volcano in almost 90 years was recorded in Japan in 2014, when the Ontake volcano erupted on the island of Honshu, which at that time unexpectedly captured. The explosion killed 63 people.

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