Volcano in Japan erupts for 6th time since last week

A volcano in southwestern Japan erupted early Wednesday, the sixth eruption since last week.

Updated: Feb 02, 2011, 13:28 PM IST

Fukuoka: A volcano in southwestern
Japan erupted early Wednesday, the sixth eruption since last
week, spewing columns of smoke up to a height of around
2,000 meters.

Shinmoe Peak in the Kirishima volcanic group on the
border of Kagoshima and Miyazaki prefectures erupted at 5:25
am local time. But the Fukuoka District Meteorological
Observatory of the Japan Meteorological Agency said it could
not confirm any avalanche of volcanic debris from the crater,
adding that it received no reports of damages from the areas
around the 1,421-meter-high volcano.

The latest eruption follows the one at 11:19 pm on
Tuesday, which also spewed columns of smoke up to a height of
around 2,000 m.

The meteorological agency will inspect the areas
scattered with volcanic debris on Wednesday from the air, it
said.

The agency had warned that volcanic debris could fall on
areas within 4 kilometers of the crater. The local observatory
said an infrasonic meter located about 3 km southwest of the
crater had recorded air pressure disturbance, measuring 299.6
pascals.

PTI