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Japan’s Mount Asama volcano erupts, residents warned to stay away

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Christian Fernsby ▼ | August 7, 2019
Mount Asma is sending a column of smoke and fire up to the sky as the Japan Meteorological Agency has issued warnings to the public to maintain a safe distance from the volcano.
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Smoke spewed from the crater of the volcano, reaching an altitude of about 1,800 meters.

Topics: Japan volcano

A level three warning was issued following the eruption, which took place at approximately 10:08pm local time, indicating moderate risk (on a scale of five) of pyroclastic flows and scorching hot cinders in a 4km radius.

There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries to the local population near the volcano, though further small-scale seismic events are expected to occur in the near future, so residents have been warned to stay alert.

The prime minister’s office established a security cordon around the perimeter of the volcano as a precaution and entry is strictly prohibited.