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Volcano Shinmoedake spews for 3rd day in Japan

Here are a few images of the volcano Shinmoedake, which we posted about yesterday on PhotoBlog. AP story below.

Kyodo / Reuters

Shinmoedake peak erupts between Miyazaki and Kagoshima prefectures, in this aerial view taken, Jan. 28. Ash and rocks fell across a wide swathe of southern Japan straddling the prefectures of Miyazaki and Kagoshima on Thursday, as one of Mount Kirishima's many calderas erupted, prompting authorities to raise alert levels and call on for an evacuation of all residents within a 2 km radius of the volcano.

Takaharu Town Office via Reuters

Shinmoedake peak erupts, as seen from Takaharu Town Office, Miyazaki prefecture early morning, Jan. 27. Ash and rocks fell across a wide swathe of southern Japan straddling the prefectures of Miyazaki and Kagoshima on Thursday, as one of Mount Kirishima's many calderas erupted, prompting authorities to raise alert levels and call on for an evacuation of all residents within 2 km (1.2 miles) radius of the volcano. Picture taken by long exposure.

Shohei Izumi/Yomiuri / Reuters

Shinmoedake peak erupts between Miyazaki and Kagoshima prefectures, as seen in this aerial view taken Jan. 28. Ash and rocks fell across a wide swathe of southern Japan straddling the prefectures of Miyazaki and Kagoshima on Thursday, as one of Mount Kirishima's many calderas erupted, prompting authorities to raise alert levels and call on for an evacuation of all residents within a 2 km radius of the volcano.

The Associated Press reports:

A volcano in southern Japan has repeatedly erupted, spewing large amounts of ash and smoke over nearby towns, grounding flights and causing health concerns.

Television footage showed residents scooping up thick ash from streets as the 4,662-foot (1,421-meter) volcano Shinmoedake shot out soot for a third day Friday.

Nobody has been injured in the eruption, but the Japan Meteorological Agency has restricted access to the mountain.