Japan’s Mt Aso erupts: People warned to stay away, alert raised to level 3 as volcano spews plumes of ash
The Meteorological Agency of Japan has raised the alert level for the volcano to 3 on a scale of 5. It has also warned of a risk of large falling rocks and pyroclastic flows within a radius of about 1 km around the Mountain’s Nakadake Crater.
Japan’s Meteorological Agency informed that Mount Aso, on the main Southern Island of Kyushu in Japan, erupted on October 20, 2021. It spewed volcanic ash of 3,500 meters into the sky.
As per the agency, the eruption took place at around 11.43 am Tokyo Time. There have been no immediate reports of casualties or major damage at the popular tourist destination in the country.
The Japan Meteorological Agency of Japan, while giving the details, said that Mount Aso, a tourist destination on the main Southern Island of Kyushu, sent plumes of ask 3.5 high when it erupted at about 11.43 am. It prompted the agency to warn against the threat of lava flows and falling rocks.
Japan’s Meteorological Agency raises alert level
The Meteorological Agency of Japan has raised the alert level for the volcano to 3 on a scale of 5. The Agency has also told people not to approach and has warned of a risk of large falling rocks and pyroclastic flows within a radius of about 1 km around the Mountain’s Nakadake Crater.
The images of a dark cloud of ash looming over the volcano that swiftly obscured large swaths of the mountain were also broadcasted on the television networks of Japan.
No casualties or injuries reported
The local police of the area said that there have been no reports of people getting injured or missing as of October 20 evening and that 16 people who had gone hiking on the mountain earlier on the day came back safely.
According to the weather agency, ash falls from the 1,592-meter mountain in the prefecture of Kumamoto are expected to shower in the nearby mountains until late afternoon.
Volcanic eruptions in Japan
In 2019, there was a small volcanic eruption at Mount Aso. Japan had seen its worst volcanic eruption in 90 years when a volcanic disaster had killed nearly 63 people on Mount Ontake in September 2014.