The Miyake village government lifted a volcanic gas warning Saturday morning that was the first issued since residents were allowed to return to the island on Feb. 1.

The advisory on sulfur dioxide gas was issued at 5:50 a.m. and lifted around 8 a.m.

Local authorities recommended residents in the southeastern part of the island evacuate to other parts of the island after concentrations of sulfur dioxide gas rose to unsafe levels.

The islanders evacuated the island some 180 km south of Tokyo in September 2000 because of dangerous volcanic activity.

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