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Japan’s Sakurajima Volcano Erupts, Triggering Evacuation – The Denver Post

TOKYO — A volcano on Japan’s southern main island of Kyushu erupted on Sunday evening, 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 television NHK showed flashing orange flames near the crater and black ash smoke billowing from the mountaintop into the night sky.

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