Japanese volcano erupts for the first time in six years sending up a towering 5,600ft plume of toxic smoke and coating entire cities with ash

Thursday, October 12, 2017
By Paul Martin

Toxic smoke and ash spewed from the crater of Mount Shinmoedak in the south western Miyazaki prefecture
Students making their way to a school at the foot of the volcano had to wear helmets and masks this morning
Residents also described hearing rumbles while ash from a 5,600ft plume landed in four cities and towns

By JULIAN ROBINSON
DAILYMAIL.COM
12 October 2017

A volcano in Japan has erupted for the first time in six years sending up a towering 5,600ft plume and coating nearby cities and towns with ash.

Toxic smoke and ash spewed from the crater of Mount Shinmoedak in the south western Miyazaki prefecture.

Students making their way to a school at the foot of the volcano had to wear helmets and masks as the dramatic eruption unfolded.

Residents also described hearing rumbles and ash fell in at least four cities and towns in the region.

The volcano on the border of Kagoshima and Miyazaki prefectures started erupting on Wednesday for the first time in six years.

On Thursday, an ash plume rose 5,600ft from the crater, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

The agency has raised the volcanic alert level from 2 to 3 on a scale of 5. Level 3 warns people to not approach the volcano.

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