Evacuation after Japan’s Sakurajima volcano erupts

The Japan Meteorological Agency said the eruption blasted large rocks up to 1.5 miles away.

TOKYO, Japan — A volcano on Japan’s southern main island of Kyushu erupted Sunday night, spewing ash and rocks. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries in nearby towns, but residents were advised to evacuate.

The Japan Meteorological Agency said Sakurajima volcano erupted around 8:05 p.m., blowing away large rocks as much as 2.4 km away in southern Kagoshima Prefecture.

Footage from Japanese public broadcaster NHK showed orange flames flashing near the crater and dark ash smoke rising high into the night sky from the mountaintop.

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“We will put people’s lives first and do our utmost to assess the situation and respond to emergencies,” Deputy Cabinet Secretary Yoshihiko Isozaki told reporters. He urged area residents to pay close attention to the latest information from local authorities to protect their lives.

The agency said it had raised the eruption alert to the highest level of five, and about 120 residents in two towns overlooking the volcano have been advised to evacuate their homes.

The agency warned of falling volcanic rocks in areas within 1.8 miles of the crater and a possible flow of lava, ash and flaming gas within 1.2 miles.

Sakurajima, about 600 miles southwest of Tokyo, is one of Japan’s most active volcanoes and has erupted repeatedly. It used to be an island but became a peninsula after an eruption in 1914.

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