31 Jan '11, 4am

More than 1,000 Japan residents were urged to evacuate after the Shimoedake volcano erupted last week

More than 1,000 Japan residents were urged to evacuate after the Shimoedake volcano erupted last week

A dome of lava is seen at an eruptive crater at Shinmoedake peak between Miyazaki and Kagoshima prefectures. -- PHOTO: REUTERS TOKYO - OFFICIALS urged more than 1,000 residents to seek safer ground on Monday and expanded a no-access zone around a volcano that has exploded back to life in southern Japan. The 1,421m Shinmoedake volcano erupted last week for the first time in 52 years. The volcano is located in a remote part of the Kirishima range on the southern Japan island of Kyushu. No injuries have been reported. On Monday, five days after it burst back to life, the volcano was still spewing a spectacular plume into the air, sending a blanket of ash out over a wide area and prompting several hundred residents to seek shelter in evacuation centers. Officials in the town of Takaharu urged about 1,100 residents to go to evacuation centres because of the danger of debris, as...

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