• Kyodo


A volcano in Kyushu that erupted earlier this week for the first time in six years erupted again Saturday, the Meteorological Agency said.

Mount Shinmoe, straddling the Kagoshima and Miyazaki prefectural border, spewed ash to an altitude of around 2,300 meters above its crater shortly after it erupted in the morning. There were no immediate reports of injury or property damage.

The agency issued a warning for flying rocks and pyroclastic flows covering areas within 2 km of the crater of the 1,421-meter volcano.

On Friday the agency said it appeared likely the volcano had stopped erupting.

The eruptions began on Wednesday, dropping ash on the two prefectures. The agency said ash could also end up drifting north into neighboring Kumamoto.

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