Sakurajima volcano erupts in southwestern Japan prompting evacuations.
Sakurajima volcano in southwestern Japan has reportedly erupted on early Sunday morning, ejecting a column of smoke over 2.3 kilometers above the crater and prompting an eruption alert, urging people in the cities of Kagoshima and Tarumizu in Kagoshima Prefecture to protect themselves from the potential impact of the volcanic activity.
According to the report, there have been no immediate reports of injuries or property damage caused by the eruption according to local authorities there. The agency has maintained its alert for the active volcano at a level 3 on a 5-point scale and has warned residents not to approach the crater.
According to the report, officials have also called for caution against falling rocks and stones and pyroclastic flows within 2 kilometres from vents. Sakurajima is considered to be one of the most active volcanoes in Japan and is connected to the Osumi Peninsula of Kyushu, the country’s southwestern main islands.