Volcano covers cities in ash
A VOLCANO in south-western Japan has erupted for the first time in six years, spreading ash over nearby cities and towns.
Japanese broadcaster TBS showed elementary school students wearing helmets and masks on the way to their school at the foot of the Shinmoedake volcano on Thursday.
The volcano started erupting on Wednesday for the first time in six years. Yesterday, an ash plume rose 5,600ft (1,700m) from the crater, the Japan Meteorological Agency said. It has also raised the volcanic alert level from 2 to 3 on a scale of 5.