Mount Aso, located in southwestern Japan, erupted on Tuesday, expelling pyroplastic flows and a large plume of smoke, with no injuries detected so far in the area around the volcano, which has been declared on alert.
The eruption began at 11.43 local time on Tuesday (2.43 GMT), according to the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA), which noted that the volcanic ash ejected has moved more than a kilometer around the mountain and has reached heights of up to 3,500 meters.
“No injuries have been reported, but there is a risk of further eruptions, so we ask that no one go within a radius of 2 kilometers around the volcano,” Tomoaki Ozaki, head of volcanology at the JMA, told a press conference.
This state agency has declared a level 3 volcanic alert in the area, on a scale where the maximum is 5.
Mount Aso, about 1,600 meters high, is located in a sparsely populated area within a national park on the island of Kyushu in southwestern Japan.
Japan is located on the Pacific Ring of Fire and has about 110 active volcanoes within its territory, as defined by the JMA, which considers “active” any volcano that “has erupted within the last 10,000 years or where fumaroles have been recorded recently.”