27 Avril 2018
April 26, 2018
Mt. Ioyama in southwestern Japan erupts again
Mount Ioyama in southwestern Japan has erupted again a week after its first eruption in 250 years.
The volcano is part of the Kirishima Mountain Range, which straddles the prefectures of Miyazaki and Kagoshima.
The Meteorological Agency says a minor eruption occurred around 6:15 PM on Thursday. It sent smoke more than 200 meters high from a new crater where escaping gas had been observed.
The agency says the crater is about 500 meters west of where the first eruption occurred last Thursday.
It also says no scattering of large volcanic rocks has been reported and no change in ground elevation on the mountain has been observed.
The agency is keeping its volcanic alert level at 3 on a scale of 1 to 5, and urging people to stay away from the mountain.
It is also warning of possible falling rocks and pyroclastic flows within 2 kilometers of the crater.