Vol­cano erupts for first time in six years

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - - NATION & WORLD -

The Shin­moedake vol­cano in south­west­ern Ja­pan started erupt­ing Wed­nes­day for the first time in about six years. Ac­cord­ing to Ja­panese broad­caster TBS, an ash plume rose 1,700 me­ters (5,580 feet) from the crater Thurs­day and ash fell on cities and towns in Miyazaki pre­fec­ture. Videos showed stu­dents wear­ing hel­mets and masks on their way to an el­e­men­tary school at the foot of Shin­moedake. The Ja­pan Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal Agency is warn­ing that hot ash and gas clouds known as py­ro­clas­tic flows could reach 1 mile from the crater. It raised the vol­canic alert level from 2 to 3 on a scale of 5.

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