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Volcano interrupts flights in Japan

Volcano interrupts flights in Japan

NEW YORK: A Volcano in Southern Japan is disputing the amount of magma in the first main eruption in 22 years, causing flight cancellations and prompting warnings to stay away from its crater.
Mount Aso spewed out lava debris and smoke, shooting towers of ash 1km into the sky, the Japan Meteorological Agency said on Friday.
Dozens of flights from Kumamoto, the nearest city, were cancelled.
The observatory didn’t expect the eruption to increase in scale.
Mount Aso, about 1000km southwest of Tokyo on Kyushu island, is one of the world’s largest.
Earthquakes and other seismic activity stepped up in late August.
Eruptions by another volcano, Mount Ontake, in Nagano west of Tokyo killed more than 50 people in late September.