Mt. Aso in southwest Japan erupts, alert level raised

Kyodo News

Posted at Oct 20 2021 02:13 PM

Smoke and ash are seen during an eruption on Mount Aso, a volcano in Kumamoto, Kyushu, Japan, Oct. 20, 2021, in this still image obtained from video. Courtesy of Twitter @NINJA250_NBYK/Reuters
Smoke and ash are seen during an eruption on Mount Aso, a volcano in Kumamoto, Kyushu, Japan, Oct. 20, 2021, in this still image obtained from video. Courtesy of Twitter @NINJA250_NBYK/Reuters

KUMAMOTO, Japan—An eruption was observed Wednesday at Mt. Aso in southwestern Japan, the weather agency said.

The eruption occurred at 11:43 a.m. at the No. 1 Nakadake crater, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency. 

Mt. Aso's volcanic alert level was raised to 3 on a scale of 5, with people urged not to approach the mountain.

Volcanic ash flew more than 1 kilometer from the crater and reached a height of about 3,500 meters, the agency said.

The latest eruption came after a small-scale one on Thursday.

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