Japan’s Mount Io erupts for the first time in 250 years

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From wire reports:

A volcano in southern Japan, Mount Io, erupted for the first time since 1768 on Thursday, spewing steam and ash 400 meters (1,300 feet) into the air. Video follows.

Authorities warned locals not to approach the mountain. A warning area has been issued within 3km of the volcano due to large flying volcanic rocks and pyroclastic flows.

“There is a possibility that the mountain will become more active,” said Makoto Saito, an official from the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA), confirming the eruption, warning that large flying rocks could fall over a two-mile (3 km) radius.

One person has been killed, and authorities have banned access to the peak.

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The eruption occurred a few kilometers away from Shinmoedake, which featured in the 1967 James Bond film “You Only Live Twice” and erupted in March.

Japan, with scores of active volcanoes, sits on the so-called Pacific “Ring…

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