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Volcanic eruption in Japan coats city with ash

PUBLISHED : Monday, 19 August, 2013, 9:35am
UPDATED : Monday, 19 August, 2013, 12:36pm

A volcano has erupted in southwestern Japan and coated a nearby city with a layer of ash.

People in Kagoshima city wore masks and raincoats and used umbrellas to shield themselves from the ash after the Sakurajima volcano erupted on Sunday afternoon. Drivers turned on their headlights, and local media described the ash like driving through snow at night. Railway operators stopped service in the city temporarily so ash could be removed from the tracks.

Kyodo News reported no injuries have occurred. It said the smoke plume was 5 kilometres high and lava flowed about 1 kilometre from the fissure.

TV news reports on Monday morning showed masked residents sprinkling water and sweeping up the ash. The city was mobilising garbage trucks and water sprinklers to clean up.

Japan is on the Pacific “Ring of Fire” and has frequent seismic activity. Sakurajima erupts often, and the Japan Meteorological Agency maintains a warning against people going near the volcano.

It is about 10 kilometres from Kagoshima city in Kagoshima prefecture

Kyodo cited JMA as saying there are no signs of a larger eruption at Sakurajima but similar activity may continue.

Video: City in Japan shrouded in ash after volcano eruption


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As with in recent years, disasters strike Japan everytime the govenment tries to shirk from the past wartime crimes and tries to wash away the grief they caused the rest of the world during WWII.......these types of disasters and like the past tsunamis will continue the Karma effect on the Japanese until the day they live up to what harm their imperialistic ways have caused the world..........Simply put, they deserve this.


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