Volcano Activity in Japan on March 01 2018 02:17 PM (UTC).
Smoke and fumes rise above Mount Shinmoedake on March 25 after the first explosive eruption in 10 days. The first pyroclastic flow was recorded on March 25 from an explosive eruption on Kyushu's Mount Shinmoedake, which started erupting at the beginning of the month. The Japan Meteorological Agency announced that a pyroclastic flow was confirmed over a distance of about 800 meters west of the crater, but it did not approach any residential area. Eruptions began on March 1 with intermittent explosions from the crater, but this was the first recorded pyroclastic flow. According to the JMA, explosive eruptions were recorded at 7:35 a.m. and 8:45 a.m. on March 25, and smoke and fumes rose to 3,200 meters. The pyroclastic flow was confirmed following the second explosive eruption. The last time an explosive eruption was recorded on Mount Shinmoedake was March 15. The JMA maintained the alert level for the volcano at 3, meaning people should stay away from the 1,421-meter mountain, which straddles Miyazaki and Kagoshima prefectures. However, local residents were urged to be cautious about pyroclastic flows within an area of 2 kilometers from the crater as well as for large flying rocks within 3 kilometers of the crater.
Volcano activity in Mount Shinmoedake has had Japanese authorities issuing warnings over possible risks of flying rocks within a 4 km radius. The mountain, that was used to depict the location of a criminal organisation's secret lair in the James Bond film, 'You only live twice', has had increased volcanic activity. The volcano had been spewing ash for days, but reports of eruptions have emerged and metrological agencies in the area have been issuing warnings. Vibrations have been felt in the area with smoke rising approximately 4,500m in the air. Reports have also stated that lava has been running down one side of the volcano.
A Japanese volcano which featured in a 1960s James Bond movie shot smoke and ash thousands of metres into the sky on Tuesday, prompting the cancellation of flights to and from a nearby airport, with the eruption likely to continue for some time. Shinmoedake, in a largely rural area some 985 km (616 miles) from Tokyo on Japan's southernmost main island of Kyushu, had been erupting on a smaller scale since March 1, when entrance to the 1,421 metre-high peak was restricted. Television footage showed smoke and ash billowing high into the sky, with lava visible deep inside a crater at the mountain, which featured in the 1967 James Bond movie "You Only Live Twice". NHK public television said the smoke and ash had risen as far as 3,650 metres in the peak's strongest eruption in seven years. "The mountain has been erupting for a while, but this is the strongest day yet," said an official at the Japanese Meteorological Agency. "This will go on for a while." Some 65 flights were cancelled, NHK added. Japan has 110 active volcanoes and monitors 47 of them around the clock. In September 2014, 63 people were killed on Mount Ontake, the worst volcanic toll in Japan for nearly 90 years. In January, a member of Japan's military was struck and killed when rocks from a volcanic eruption rained down on skiers at a mountain resort in central Japan.