Vol­canic erup­tion in Ja­pan spreads ash

The News (New Glasgow) - - WORLD -

TOKYO — A vol­cano in south­west­ern Ja­pan is erupt­ing for the first time in six years, spew­ing ash over nearby farms, cities and towns. Ja­panese broad­caster TBS showed ele­men­tary school stu­dents wear­ing hel­mets and masks Thurs­day on the way to their school at the foot of the Shin­moedake vol­cano.

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

On Thurs­day, an ash plume rose 2,000 me­tres from the crater, the Ja­pan Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal Agency said.

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