The Mt. Shinmoe volcano in southwestern Japan erupted explosively Tuesday, spewing ash and smoke up to 2,300 meters in the air, disrupting aviation in the area but causing no reported injuries, according to local authorities.

It was the first time in about seven years that the 1,421-meter-high volcano straddling Kagoshima and Miyazaki prefectures on the island of Kyushu erupted so violently, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency. It followed a small eruption last Thursday.

Mt. Shinmoe volcano



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