01 Feb '11, 6pm

Japan volcano blast smashes windows

Japan volcano blast smashes windows

TOKYO: A huge blast from an erupting volcano in southwestern Japan shot ash and rocks up to 2,000 metres into the air, with the force of the explosion shattering windows miles away, officials said on Tuesday. Authorities widened the danger zone around the 1,421-metre Shinmoedake volcano in the Kirishima range, with its first major eruption for 52 years having sent columns of smoke and ash into the sky since Wednesday. The volcano's latest blast came shortly before 8:00 am (2300 GMT Monday). Flying shards from broken hospital windows left a 92-year-old woman with hand and facial injuries, a Kirishima city official told AFP, adding that nearly 200 windows were smashed at schools and public halls. After the eruption, the Japan Meteorological Agency revised its warning, widening the area at risk from flying debris from three to four kilometres from the peak. More than 600 resi...

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