Japan’s Mount Aso records massive volcanic eruption

Published on : Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Mount Aso

On Wednesday, October 20, 2021, Mount Aso, a volcano and a popular tourist destination on Japan’s main southern island of Kyushu had a massive eruption spewing volcanic ash 3,500m into the sky. The calamity was reported by Japan’s Meteorological Agency.

The eruption reportedly took place at around 11.43 am Tokyo time (0243 GMT). There were no immediate reports of casualties or major damage at the tourist venue. However, the meteorological agency raised the alert level for the volcano to level 3 on a scale of 5, telling people not to approach the mountain.

It also warned of large volcanic blocks and pyroclastic flows scattering within a range of approximately 1km from the mountain’s Nakadake crater. Ash falls from one of the peaks of the 1,592m mountain in Kumamoto prefecture will be detected in nearby towns until late afternoon on Wednesday, according to the agency.

There was a small eruption at Mount Aso in 2019, and 63 people were killed on Mount Ontake in September 2014, which was the worst volcanic disaster in Japan for nearly 90 years.

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