Tokyo: Japan’s Sakurajima volcano, located just 30 miles from a nuclear plant, has erupted sending lava flowing down its slope and spewing into the night sky. Local television showed dramatic pictures of the fiery spectacle. Japan’s meteorological agency said the eruption happened at 6.56pm local time (9.56am UK time).
The Sendai nuclear plant is only 30 miles (50km) away but so far has not issued any warnings. The volcano, in the southern Kagoshima prefecture, has been showing increased activity since August when locals were told to prepare for a larger than usual eruption and possible evacuation. An eruption in 1914 was the most powerful in Japan in the twentieth century, with lava flows permanently connecting the former island volcano to the Kyushu mainland.