Aso leaves ash in its wake
This aerial photo shows cars totally covered by gray ash parked on the compound of a driving school in Aso, Kumamoto Prefecture, southern Japan, following the eruption of the Mount Aso volcano early yesterday. Mount Aso has sent huge plumes of gray smoke as high as 11km into the air in one of the volcano’s biggest explosions in years. The Japan Meteorological Agency said the explosion in the early hours of yesterday also blew off bits of volcanic rock and ash and raised the alert level for the area, extending the entry ban from just around the volcanic mouth to the mountain itself. There were no injuries, but residents in the surrounding areas were washing off ash from external walls, plants and the streets before it dried up and spreads farther. It is not known if the volano’s recent activity was related to the earthquakes back in April.