Smoke Billows from Japan's Shinmoedake Volcano After Six Years of Calm

StoryfulWeatherPublished: October 12, 2017Updated: October 17, 2017
Published: October 12, 2017Updated: October 17, 2017

Plumes of smoke were seen rising high over Japan’s Shinmoedake volcano after it erupted on Wednesday, October 11. Authorities restricted access to the mountain after the volcano’s first eruption in six years. This video shows gas or smoke being emitted from the mountain. The plume rose as high as 300 meters above the crater, according to the Japan Times. Authorities warned the volcano could become increasingly active and raised the alert level to 3 on a scale of 5, the newspaper reported. Ash was reported to have fallen in neighboring Kumamoto and Kagoshima prefectures. Credit: Facebook/Masayaka Kirishima via Storyful

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