Volcanic eruption in Kyushu spreads ash in 4 cities, towns
Japan Today -- Oct 12
A volcano in southwestern Japan is erupting for the first time in six years and spread ash in nearby cities and towns.

Japanese broadcaster TBS showed elementary school students wearing helmets and masks Thursday on the way to their school at the foot of the Shinmoedake volcano. Residents also described hearing rumbles from the volcano and ash fell in at least four cities and towns in Miyazaki prefecture.

The volcano on the border of Kagoshima and Miyazaki prefectures started erupting Wednesday for the first time in 6 years.

On Thursday, an ash plume rose 1,700 meters (5,600 feet) from the crater, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

The agency has raised the volcanic alert level from 2 to 3 on a scale of 5. Level 3 warns people to not approach the volcano.

Pyroclastic flow, which is an emission of hot gases and volcanic matter at a high speed, is possible within 2 kilometers of the crater. Emissions of ash and volcanic rocks were forecast through Friday for a wider area, but the locations at risk would depend on wind conditions and altitude.

11日、6年ぶりに噴火した新燃岳は12日も噴火が続いています。気象庁では噴火警戒レベル3を継続し、警戒を呼び掛けています。
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