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Volcano Erupts on Southern Japanese Island

A volcano on the remote southern Japanese island of Kuchinoerabujima

erupted suddenly Friday, blasting plumes of black smoke high into the

sky and prompting authorities to order the evacuation of the island's

residents.

Mount Shindake erupted about 10 a.m. (0100 GMT). A pyroclastic flow of

superheated gas and rock flowed down the side of the peak and reached

the ocean, NHK said, but there were no immediate reports of injuries

to the island's roughly 150 residents.

The island, part of the Ryukyu archipelago, is about 160 kilometers

(100 miles) south of Kyushu Electric Power's Sendai nuclear plant on

Japan's southernmost main island of Kyushu.

It was not immediately clear if the eruption would affect the power

company's hopes to restart the plant, which on Wednesday cleared the

last step of the nuclear regulator's stringent safety hurdles

introduced after the Fukushima Daiichi disaster in 2011.

Japan is one of the world's most seismically active nations, and there

has been a surge in volcanic activity in recent weeks.

Credit: Reuters

Kofi Oppong Kyekyeku

I am a Ghanaian Broadcast Journalist/Writer who has an interest in General News, Sports, Entertainment, Health, Lifestyle and many more.

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