Mount Sakurajima, located in southwestern Japan, registered an eruption of great magnitude today, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA), which has recommended not approaching the vicinity of the volcano.
The volcanic explosion has generated a column of smoke 2,200 meters high and magma emanations, and for the moment it has not caused material damage in the nearest towns, reported by the state chain NHK.
The eruption occurred at 6:56 p.m. local time (9.56 GMT) on this 1,117-meter-high mountain located on a volcanic peninsula off the coastal city of Kagoshima (Kyushu Island).
The Japan Meteorological Agency has declared the third level of alert (out of a total of 5) in the area near the volcano, which includes the recommendation not to approach the vicinity of the mountain, as reported on its website.
In August, the volcano registered several eruptions and forced the population to evacuate
Last August, this volcano registered several low-magnitude eruptions that led local authorities to evacuate the population of two small municipalities very close to Sakurajima.
The volcano is located about 50 kilometers from the Sendai nuclear plant, which was reactivated on August 11 after two years of nuclear blackout in Japan caused by the accident caused at the Fukushima plant by the earthquake and tsunami that devastated the northeast of the country in March 2011.
Kyushu Electric Power, operator of the plant, ruled out that a large-scale eruption could affect the normal operation of the plant.
Japan is located in the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire and has 110 active volcanoes on its territory.