Shinmoedake’s volatile eruption is understood to have been sparked after the country’s Meteorological Agency reported there had been 100 volcanic tremors per day had been registered so far this month.
The volcano, located on the southern island of Kyushu, blew its stack on Wednesday for the first time in six years.
Tremors in the Kagoshima and Miyazaki regions have intensified since September prompting the agency to issue a Level 2 warning.
SHINMOEDAKE: A Level 2 warning has been issued for the area
At Level 2 residents are restricted from entering areas near Shinmoedake’s mouth, while a Level 5 urges people to evacuate.
It is believed the earthquakes were caused by the movement of magma and hot water underground that caused periods of shaking that lasted for several minutes.
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