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A volcano on Sakurajima in southwestern Japan erupted early Sunday, sending a column of smoke over 2.3 kilometers into the air, the weather agency said.

Following the eruption at 1:09 a.m., the Meteorological Agency issued an alert, urging people in the cities of Kagoshima and Tarumizu in Kagoshima Prefecture to protect themselves from any potential impact. There were no reports of injuries or property damage following the eruption, local authorities said.

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