Residents evacuated after volcano eruption in Japan

| Friday, May 29, 2015 - 09:53
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Residents evacuated after volcano eruption in Japan

Tokyo: At least 120 residents were evacuated to safety after a volcano erupted in Japan's Kuchinoerabu island on Friday.

The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) issued alerts demanding local residents to leave the island after it upgraded its warning from level 3 to level 5, the highest level of its volcano alert system, Xinhua news agency reported.

A volcano had also erupted in August last year.

There were no immediate reports of casualties and damages.

The volcano erupted blasting plumes of black smoke high into the sky. A pyroclastic flow of super-heated gas and rock flowed down the side of the peak and reached the ocean.

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