Aso leaves ash in its wake

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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.

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