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Mount Kirishima Eruption: Japan Raises Alert After Volcano’s Biggest Eruption In 50 Years

Mount Kirishima Eruption: Japan Raises Alert After Volcano’s Biggest Eruption In 50 Years

Japanese volcano group Mount Kirishima erupted this week in its biggest explosion since 1959. The Daily Mail reports that volcanic alerts have been raised as rocks and ash billow and spew nearly a mile in the air.

According to Bloomberg News, flights in the region have been canceled and nearby homes have been evacuated:

Shinmoedake, in the Kirishima range, erupted yesterday, spewing ash as high as 2,500 meters (8,200 feet) into the air, Japan’s Meteorological Agency said in a statement on its website. A second eruption occurred today at about 1 p.m. local time, national broadcaster NHK reported. Ash from the volcano reached Miyazaki city, 50 kilometers (30 miles) to the east, according to the broadcaster.
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