Vol­cano erupts; ash falls on nearby towns

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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 5,580 feet from the crater Thurs­day and ash fell on cities and towns in Miyazaki pre­fec­ture. The Ja­pan Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal Agency is warn­ing that hot ash and gas clouds could reach a mile from the crater.

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