World Volcanic eruption in Japan spreads ash in 4 cities, towns

09:43  12 october  2017
09:43  12 october  2017 Source:   Associated Press

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TOKYO — A volcano in southwestern Japan has erupted for the first time in six years and spread ash in nearby cities and towns . Japanese broadcaster TBS showed footage of elementary school students wearing helmets and masks on the way to their school at the foot of the Shinmoedake volcano .

TOKYO (AP) — A volcano in southwestern Japan has erupted for the first time in six years and spread ash in nearby cities and towns . The Japan Meteorological Agency raised the volcanic alert level from 2 to 3 on a scale of 5. Level 3 warns people to not approach the volcano .

Volcanic smoke rises from the Shinmoedake volcano after its eruption in the border of Kagoshima and Miyazaki prefectures, southwestern Japan, Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017. The volcano erupted Thursday for the first time in six years and spread ash in nearby cities and towns. (Tomoaki Ito/Kyodo News via AP) © The Associated Press Volcanic smoke rises from the Shinmoedake volcano after its eruption in the border of Kagoshima and Miyazaki prefectures, southwestern Japan, Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017. The volcano erupted Thursday for the first time in six years and spread ash in nearby cities and towns. (Tomoaki Ito/Kyodo News via AP)

TOKYO — A volcano in southwestern Japan is erupting for the first time in six years and spread ash in nearby cities and towns Thursday.

Japanese broadcaster TBS showed elementary school students wearing helmets and masks on the way to their school at the foot of the Shinmoedake volcano. Residents also described hearing rumbles from the volcano and ash fell in at least four cities and towns in Miyazaki prefecture.

The volcano on the border of Kagoshima and Miyazaki prefectures started erupting Wednesday for the first time in 6 years.

On Thursday, an ash plume rose 1,700 meters (5,600 feet) from the crater, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

The agency has raised the volcanic alert level from 2 to 3 on a scale of 5. Level 3 warns people to not approach the volcano.

It forecast the crater would continue to emit ash and potentially volcanic rocks through Friday, but the locations at risk would depend on wind conditions and altitude.

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