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Sakurajima volcano in Japan erupts, alert level raised to highest

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TOKYO –  Sakurajima volcano in Kagoshima Prefecture, southwestern Japan, erupted Sunday, causing the eruption alert to be raised to its highest level, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

Volcanic stones fell up to 2.5 kilometers from the volcano, but there were no immediate reports of injuries following the eruption that occurred around 8:05 p.m., the agency and local police said.

Following the eruption, the agency raised its alert for the volcano from level 3 to 5 on its 5-point scale, warning the public to evacuate. It marks the first time that level 5 has been issued for the volcano.

Photo taken from a fixed camera in the Kagoshima Prefecture city of Tarumizu, southwestern Japan, shows Sakurajima volcano erupting on July 24, 2022. Sakurajima is connected to the Osumi Peninsula of Kyushu, Japan’s southwestern main island. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo

The prime minister’s office said it is gathering information about the situation.

Since Monday, the agency has observed minor crustal movements indicating expansion of the volcano.

The agency is urging caution against falling rocks and stones and pyroclastic flows within a 2-km radius of the Minamidake and Showa craters.

Sakurajima is one of the most active volcanoes in Japan and is connected to the Osumi Peninsula on Kyushu, the country’s southwestern main island.

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