Sakurajima volcano in southwestern Japan throws ash to a height of more than 2.3 km

A volcano on Sakurajima Island in southwestern Japan erupted early Sunday morning, sending a plume of smoke more than 2.3 km high.

Following the eruption at 1:09 a.m., the Japan Meteorological Agency announced the eruption, urging residents of the cities of Kagoshima and Tarumizu in Kagoshima Prefecture to protect themselves from potential volcanic activity.

According to local authorities, there have been no reports of personal injury or property damage from the eruption.

The agency initially said pyroclastic flows were confirmed within 1.8 km of Minamidake crater, but later said on-site observation suggested it was part of the smoke.

The likelihood of death or injury is low, since since February 2016, people are prohibited from approaching the crater within a distance of less than 2 km.

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