• Staff Report, Kyodo

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Kagoshima Prefecture’s Mount Io volcano on the island of Satsuma-Iojima erupted at 5:35 p.m. on Saturday, but no injuries were reported, the authorities said.

The Meteorological Agency raised the alert level to 2 on a scale of 5, urging people not to approach the volcano’s crater, warning of the likelihood of flying rocks and pyroclastic flows within a 1-kilometer radius of the crater. A plume of ash that spewed from the crater reached over 1,000 meters into the sky, it said.

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