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Video: Volcano erupts in southern Japan, sending massive smoke column into sky

Tokyo-A huge pillar of gray smoke swirled in the sky as a volcano in southern Japan erupted on Wednesday.

The Japan Meteorological Agency raised the alert level of Mt. Aso to 3 in 5 steps and warned hikers and residents to avoid the mountain.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno said there were no reports of damage or injury.

NHK National Television aired a video of a huge smoke column above the volcano.

Smoke rose to a height of 3.5 kilometers (11,480 feet) from the crater, and pyroclastic flows flowed 1.3 kilometers (0.8 miles) down the western slopes of the mountain, officials said.

The explosion blew volcanic rocks up to 900 meters (2,950 feet) from the crater, and ash fall was detected in several towns in Miyazaki prefecture, which is adjacent to Kumamoto prefecture.

The warning was issued to Aso City in Kumamoto Prefecture and two neighboring towns in the central northern part of the island in southern Kyushu.

Mt. Aso erupts repeatedly and can be fatal at times. The 1953 eruption killed six people, injured more than 90, and five years later killed another twelve.

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