Japan’s Mount Aso volcano erupts, spewing plumes of hot gas and ash (VIDEOS) — RT World News

Japan’s Meteorological Agency (JMA) has warned people to stay clear of Mount Aso, on the southern island of Kyushu, after it propelled columns of gas and ash miles into the sky. No injuries have been reported.

Mount Aso – the country’s most active volcano – erupted at around 11:48 am on Wednesday. The volcano is found in an area with many hikers. It sent out dramatic ash plumes measuring 3.5 km (2.2 miles) high. 

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The alert level was set by the meteorological agency to be three out of five for anyone living near the volcano at 1,592m (5,222ft). People were advised not to enter the Nakadake area due to high-risk pyroclastic and large-sized falling rocks.

“Human lives are our priority, and we are working with the Self Defense Forces, police, and firefighters to effectively deal with the situation,”Hirokazu Matsuno, Chief Cabinet Secretary, spoke to reporters. 

Tomoaki Ozaki (JMA representative) stated that toxic gas could also be emitted from the volcano in a televised news conference.

Camera footage taken from the Aso Volcano Museum in the vicinity captured the eruption of the fiery crater. The location is surrounded by a dark cloud of ash, and people can be seen running to their cars. 

The local police stated that there are no missing persons or casualties reported so far. It was noted that sixteen hikers, who were on the mountainside that morning earlier than usual, had returned safe.

Japan has more than 100 active volcanoes. The seismic activity is also high in this region. A half-mile zone of exclusion was established last Thursday around Mount Aso following a minor eruption. 

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