TOKYO (AP) — A volcano on Japan’s southern main island of Kyushu erupted Sunday night, spewing ash and rocks. No damage or injuries were immediately reported in nearby towns, but residents were told to evacuate.
The Japan Meteorological Agency said the Sakurajima volcano erupted around 8:05 p.m., blowing large boulders up to 2.5 kilometers (1.5 miles) into the southern prefecture of Kagoshima.
Footage from Japanese public broadcaster NHK showed black ash smoke billowing from the mountaintop into the night sky.
The agency said it raised the eruption alert to the highest level of five and about 120 residents in two towns were told to prepare for a possible evacuation.
The agency warned of volcanic rock falling in areas within 3 kilometers (1.8 miles) of the crater and a possible flow of lava, ash and burning gas within 2 kilometers (1.8 miles). 2 miles).
Sakurajima is one of Japan’s most active volcanoes and has erupted several times. Once an island, it became a peninsula following an eruption in 1914.