Mt. Aso in southwest Japan erupts, no injuries reported

Mt. Aso in southern Japan erupted on Wednesday, but 16 climbers atop the volcano at the time escaped unharmed, officials reported Tuesday.

According to the Japan Meteorological Agency, the eruption happened at 11:43 a.m. in the No. 1 Nakadake crater. The volcano warning level for Mt. Aso has been raised to 3 on a scale of 5, with no access to areas less than 2 kilometers from the crater on the volcano.

Supplied photo captured by a Japan Meteorological Agency camera shows Mt. Aso erupting in Kumamoto Prefecture on Oct. 20, 2021. (Kyodo)

There was a lot of volcanic ash that went more than 1 km away from the crater and reached a height of almost 3,500 meters, according to the agency. A pyroclastic flow was found for the first time since October 2016.

According to the report, large volcanic cinders were also ejected roughly 900 meters south of the crater,

During an unprecedented news conference on Wednesday, the agency said that there were no signals that warranted raising the warning level to 3 before to the eruption.

The latest eruption followed a minor one on Thursday. The warning level for Mt. Aso had been upgraded from 1 to 2 the day before.

Japan Meteorological Agency.

Photo taken from a Kyodo News helicopter shows volcanic fumes billowing from Mt. Aso as it erupts explosively in Kumamoto Prefecture, southwestern Japan, on Oct. 20, 2021. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo

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