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Mount Aso, the largest volcano of Japan erupted

Sep 14, 2015 13:31 IST

The largest volcano of Japan Mount Aso Volcano erupted on 14 September 2015. The eruption blasted a plume of black smoke 2-kilometer high and the ashes from the volcano fell up to 4-kilometer away.

The volcano situated on main southern island of Kyushu erupted unexpectedly; however, there have been reports of no causalities or damage from the volcano’s eruption.

The 1592-metre Mount Aso is one of the most active peaks in Japan but is also a popular hiking spot. It is also the second largest mountain in Japan and is one of the biggest calderas in the world, encompassing an area 25 kilometers (15.5 miles) north to south and 18 kilometers (11.2 miles) east to west.

Since 2014, the volcanic activity in Japan has intensified, especially after the eruption of the Mount Ontake in central Japan. It was the Japan’s biggest volcanic disaster in nearly 90 years and had killed 63 people.

Japan is located in a horseshoe-shaped band of fault lines and volcanoes running around the edges of the Pacific Ocean known as Ring of Fire. There are over 100 active volcanoes in the area.

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Who: Mount Aso Volcano

Where: Kyushu Island , Japan

What: Erupted

When: 14 September 2015

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