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Japan’s Sakurajima volcano erupts and triggers alert level 5 | World news

A volcano on Japan’s western large island of Kyushu has erupted with the alert level raised to 5 – the highest.

Sakurajima erupted at 8.05pm local time (12.05am BST) on Sunday, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

No damage was reported, but volcanic rocks could be seen raining down up to 1.5 kilometers away from the site, according to public broadcaster NHK.

There were no signs of irregularities at the nearby Sendai Nuclear Power plant, Japan’s nuclear regulator added.

Although meteorological officials warned of heavy rainfall in the area, they said it was unlikely to cause mudflows around the volcano.

Video footage of the scene shows red lava flowing down one side of the summit, with more shooting from the summit.

The nearest residential area – the city of Kagoshima – is across the bay from the volcano and about two kilometers away – but people may still be ordered to evacuate there.

Sakurajima is one of Japan’s most active volcanoes and eruptions of various levels are frequent. In 2019, it spewed as much as 3.4 miles (5.5 km) high.

Japan’s Sakurajima volcano erupts and triggers alert level 5 | World news

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