Friday, May 29, 2015

120 evacuated after volcano eruption in SW Japan

About 120 residents reached evacuation site located in northwest of a volcano which erupted at around 10: 00 a.m. local time Friday in Kuchinoerabu island off Kagoshima Prefecture in southwest Japan, said top spokesman of the Japanese government.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has instructed relevant officials to collect information about the "explosive" eruption, according Yoshihide Suga. There were no immediate reports on injuries so far.

Local reports said that 137 residents live on the island when the volcano erupted, adding that a helicopter is on way to the island to evacuate the residents out from the island.

The Japanese Meteorological Agency (JMA) issued alerts demanding local residents to leave the island after it upgrade its warning in the region from level 3 to level 5, the highest level of its volcano alert system.

The volcano erupted in August last year and local authorities prevent people from accessing to the volcano area since then, imposing volcanic warning of level 3 in the area.

Volcanic ash is expected to reach Yakushima island southeast of the Kuchinoerabu island at around 16:00 local time, according to NHK, Japanese public broadcaster.

Thick black smoke reaching about 9,000-meter height was witnessed when the eruption took place, according to TV footage, and the smoke turned to white with a height of 600 meters as of now. - Xinhua



  1. Εκκενώθηκε εσπευσμένα νησί στην Ιαπωνία όταν ένα ηφαίστειο εξερράγη ξαφνικά...

    Μαύροι καπνοί, αέρια και τέφρα εκτινάχθηκαν στην ατμόσφαιρα ενώ στην πλαγιά του ηφαιστείου κυλούν πέτρες που φθάνουν μέχρι τον ωκεανό.

    Το νησί έχει περίπου 150 κατοίκους και βρίσκεται 160 χιλιόμετρα νότια από τον πυρηνικό σταθμό Σεντάι, στο νησί Κιούσου, το νοτιότερο από τα μεγαλύτερα νησιά της Ιαπωνίας.

    Τις τελευταίες εβδομάδες, στην Ιαπωνία, μια από τις πιο ενεργές σεισμικά χώρες του κόσμου, παρατηρείται αυξημένη ηφαιστειακή δραστηριότητα.

  2. Japanese authorities have told the residents of remote southern island Kuchinoerabu to evacuate after a violent eruption rocked the Mount Shindake volcano...

    The Japan Metrological Agency said that no injuries were reported after the volcano erupted about 10 a.m. Friday local time, sending a dense a black cloud as high as 9,000 meters and a flow of hot gases and rock down the mountainside into the ocean.

    The island has a population of only around 140 people and their only way out is by boat.

    Shindake last erupted in the summer of 2014, and has been under a warning level of three on the scale of one to five. It was raised to five after the


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