Shinmoedake Volcano In Southern Japan Erupts, Spurting Smoke And Ash Into Air

| March 7 , 2018 , 18:02 IST

The active stratovolcano in southern Japan that appeared in a James Bond film had its biggest eruption in years on Tuesday. The Shinmoedake volcano which sits 1,421 m high (4,662 feet) sent ashes and smoke thousands of meters into the sky, resulting in cancellation of several flights and creating unease for the local residents.

Fortunately, there have been no reports of injuries or damage, but Associated Press has reported that eruptions will continue and that the risk of flying rocks and pyroclastic flows is possible in the surrounding areas.

The footages shows grey smoke floating in the sky and orange lava rising to the mouth of the crater.

Meteorological Agencies report that ashes and smoke rose up to 2300 meters in the sky in the largest explosion of the volcano since 2011.

In Kirishima city at the foot of the volcano, pedestrians wore surgical masks, or covered their noses with towels, while others used umbrellas to protect themselves from falling ash. The cars had layers of ash on their roofs.

Japan, which is located in the Pacific Ring of Fire, has 110 active volcanoes and is subject to earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.

This is the sixth time the Shinmoedake volcano erupted.