A volcano in Japan erupted just 30 miles from a nuclear power plant, spewing ash into the sky as evacuations were ordered.
Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida ordered the evacuation of residents of the area around Sakurajima, where the eruption occurred. Sun reports.
About 51 people from 33 families in the city of Kagoshima were ordered to evacuate after the eruption was declared alert level 5, the highest in the country.
Five people have already been evacuated to the Sakurajima Nursing Center.
According to the Asahi news agency, officials also ordered the cleanup of the cities of Arimura and Furusato.
Local mayor Takao Shimozuru urged people to sneak into evacuation shelters outside the city.
He said: “We have also opened an evacuation center and are calling for disaster prevention radio and the fire brigade. Please evacuate.”
Japanese public broadcaster NHK shared reports of rocks erupting from the Sakurajima volcano and falling to the ground from a distance of 1.5 miles.
Sakurajima is one of the most active volcanoes in Japan.
In 2019, he threw ash 3.4 miles into the sky. Video footage of the latest eruption shows lava flowing down one side of the volcano into the air.
There were no immediate reports of damage.
The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) said the volcano began erupting at 20:05 local time on Sunday.
It states that falling volcanic rocks, burning gas and lava have been recorded within 2 miles of the crater.
Kagoshima is opposite the volcano and the nearest nuclear power plant.
Japan’s nuclear regulators said Sunday they had not noticed any disruption at the Sendar plant, which is 31 miles northwest of the crater.
Meteorologists warned that heavy rains in the area could lead to landslides near the volcano.
Meanwhile, Japan’s two national highways are No. 1.224 and no. 220 were closed to block traffic from the south of the island, according to Kagoshima Ichiho, a disaster prevention center based in Kagoshima.
This story has been published Sun and has been reproduced with permission.
Originally published as Sakurajima volcano: evacuation in Japan due to volcanic eruption in Kyushu