Japanese authorities issue alert as Mount Aso volcano rumbles to life
Mount Aso in southern Japan has erupted, belching a column of ash several thousand feet into the air, the latest eruption in one of the world’s most volcanically active countries, The Guardian reported.
The Japan meteorological agency issued its third-highest alert, warning people not to approach the volcano after it rumbled to life early on Saturday.
The meteorologists warned of a heavy ash fall within an area 19 miles (30km) north-east of the mountain, with moderate and light ash falls forecast up to 150 miles away over the next few hours.
Mount Aso’s huge caldera dominates the south-western island of Kyushu, where the 5,253ft volcano is a popular tourist spot.
Mount Aso previously erupted in September last year after being dormant for 19 years.
Japan, with scores of active volcanoes, sits on the so-called Pacific “ring of fire” where a large proportion of the world’s earthquakes and volcanic eruptions are recorded.