Mount Asama volcano erupts
NHK -- Aug 08
There has been a minor eruption on Mount Asama in the central part of Japan. The eruption occurred shortly after 10 p.m. on Wednesday.

Meteorological Agency officials say the volcano sent smoke more than 1,800 meters up into the air.

The agency has raised the volcanic alert level to three on a scale of five.

It's calling on people within four kilometers of the crater to stay alert for possible large flying rocks, and pyroclastic flows of hot gas, ash and rocks.

Mount Asama straddles Nagano and Gunma prefectures. It's about 2,600 meters high.

7日午後10時すぎ、長野県と群馬県にまたがる浅間山で小規模な噴火がありました。気象庁は噴火警戒レベルをこれまでの「1」から入山を規制する「3」へと引き上げました。 気象庁によりますと、噴煙は浅間山の火口から1800メートルまで上がり、火山灰は北に向かって流されました。また、弾道を描いて飛散する大きな噴石が火口から200メートル程度まで達したのが確認されました。 気象庁地震火山部・加藤孝志火山課長:「火口からおおむね4キロの範囲では飛散する大きな噴石や火砕流に警戒して下さい」 気象庁は5段階ある噴火警戒レベルをこれまでの1から「入山規制」の3に引き上げ、火口からおおむね4キロの範囲では噴石や火砕流に注意するよう呼び掛けています。群馬県長野原町の火口から4キロの範囲にあったキャンプ場にいた28人は無事、避難してけが人はいませんでした。 また、噴火の影響で群馬県嬬恋村と長野県軽井沢町を結ぶ有料道路「鬼押ハイウェー」が通行止めになりました。長野県によりますと、火口から4キロ以内に住宅はなく、周辺の宿泊施設などにも被害は出ていません。けが人などの情報も寄せられていないということです。
News sources: NHK, ANNnewsCH
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