The Sakurajima volcano in western Japan erupted

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A volcano in western Japan erupted Sunday evening, sending a plume of black smoke into the sky and spewing rocks.

A volcano named Sakurajima is located on the southwestern island of Kyushu, about 600 miles from Tokyo. It is one of Japan’s most active volcanoes.

The Japan Meteorological Agency raised the volcano alert from level 3 to level 5 – the highest alert level, which has only been seen once before by another volcano in 2015, the Japan Times reported.

The agency later said that based on an analysis of data points including seismic activity and crustal movements, a large-scale eruption at Sakurajima was not imminent.

The volcano erupted at 8.05 pm local time on Sunday, the Meteorological Department said. Videos of the eruption show bright orange lava pouring out of the volcano. Company he asked Residents should be cautious against pyroclastic flows – A hot and mobile mixture of rock, gas and ash – About 1.2 miles from site.

Local reports indicate that volcanic rocks have fallen Up to 1.5 miles Evacuation of the volcano, and some nearby areas, has been advised. Most of the city of Kagoshima is separated from the volcano by a bay.

There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties.

Reuters reported that nuclear regulators announced that the Sendai nuclear power plant, about 31 miles from the volcano, had found no irregularities.

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