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Mount Sakurajima in Japan has erupted, causing ash to rain down over local towns.

Locals have spoken of having difficulty breathing after bright flashes and billowing smoke blasted from the volcano in at least five separate eruptions.
The 1,100 metre tall volcano blew its top at 3.30am local time, causing smoke to rise some 4,000 metres into the air.
Residents in the town of Kagoshima, found on the southern island of Kyushu and around 4km away from the volcano, awoke to find their homes littered with ash.

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Japan's Sakurajima volcano due for major eruption within 30 years, say scientists

One of Japan's most active volcanoes is due for a major eruption within the next 30 years, say scientists who have studied a build-up of magma there. The Sakurajima volcano on Japan's Kyushu island poses a "growing threat", researchers at the University of Bristol say.
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Magma accumulation highlights growing threat from Japanese volcano

A research team led by the University of Bristol has found magma build-up beneath Japan's Aira caldera and Sakurajima volcano may indicate a growing threat to Kagoshima city and its 600,000 inhabitants.
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Sakurajima volcano in southern Japan erupts

A volcano in southern Japan dramatically erupted Friday, with television footage showing fiery hot lava flowing down its slopes and smoke rising skyward.
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Sakurajima volcano erupts 50km from nuclear plant in Japan

Japan's Sakurajima volcano, situated about 50km from the Sendai nuclear station, has erupted with the country's meteorological agency issuing an orange warning not to approach it.
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Japan's Sakurajima volcano: chance of large eruption 'extremely high'

Japan's weather agency on Saturday told thousands of residents near a southern city to prepare for a possible evacuation as it upgraded a volcanic eruption warning.
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5/08/2015 -- 11 Large volcanic eruptions in 1 day

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Sakurajima Volcano is erupting

http://www.ustream.tv/search?q=Sakurajima+Volcano



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Sakurajima volcano covers city with ash after eruption

Sakurajima, Japans most active volcano that has erupted for the 500th time this year on Sunday, has covered the nearby city of Kagoshima with ash. The residents are clearing up the roads, cars, shops and homes covered with a blanket of grey dust.



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Sakurajima volcano erupts sending mushroom-shaped grey plume shooting upwards and raining down ash on the people in Kagoshima city.
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Breathtaking volcano eruption in Japan

Breathtaking footage of Sakurajima volcano erupting near Japan's Kagoshima city vomiting white-hot ash into the sky. Report by Matt Blake.



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