Vol­cano in south­ern area erupts; no in­juries

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - NATION+WORLD -

Mount Aso in south­ern Ja­pan sent huge plumes of gray smoke as high as 6.8 miles into the air on Satur­day in one of the vol­cano’s big­gest ex­plo­sions in years.

The Ja­pan Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal Agency said the ex­plo­sion in the early hours of Satur­day 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.

Footage on Ja­pan’s NHK pub­lic tele­vi­sion showed or­ange flames flick­er­ing from sev­eral lo­ca­tions on the moun­tain­top as the vol­cano sent thick gray smoke bil­low­ing into the sky.

There are no homes within the off-limit area and no in­juries or ma­jor dam­age have been re­ported in nearby towns, though build­ings and cars were cov­ered with thick ash. Flights were largely un­af­fected, ex­cept for some de­lays.

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