A volcano has erupted in the center of the Japanese island of Kuchinoerabu. It sent black clouds of ash up to 9 km. (5.6 miles) into the sky, with authorities evacuating the island.
Mount Shindake erupted before 10 a.m. local time, the Japan Meteorological Agency said. After the volcano’s eruptions were confirmed, the agency raised its eruption-alert level from three to five, its highest level. More than 100 people have been ordered to evacuate.
Moment of Mount Shindake volcano’s massive eruption:
YouTube is full of footage that captured the moment the volcano exploded, which sent columns of thick, black smoke high into the air.
The island itself is an active volcano, with the last eruption occurring in August of last year.
Volcano erupts in Japan, spews plume of ash and smoke into the sky:
The agency said no injuries or damage had been reported following the eruption, which occurred eight months after 57 people died when Mount Ontake in central Japan erupted without warning, reported The Guardian.
The agency added that pyroclastic flows, dense currents of rock fragments and hot gases from the volcano, had reached the island’s northwest shore.
Japan’s Mount Shindake erupts:
The Huffington Post reported that one person was said to have suffered minor burns from falling debris after Mount Shindake erupted. The injured man, another person who was feeling unwell, and a third person were airlifted to nearby Yakushima Island, the Fire and Disaster Management Agency said.
Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called for an emergency response team and a self-defence force team to be dispatched to the island. Abe also told local authorities to fully protect the islanders and assist them in reaching safety.
Let’s hope that there is no property damage or any more injuries.