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Sakurajima volcano erupts spectacularly in southern Japan

Sakurajima volcano erupts spectacularly in southern Japan

One of Japan's most active volcanos erupted spectacularly Friday evening with a fiery blast that sent lava rolling down its slope.

Japan's Meteorological Agency said Sakurajima on the southern island of Kyushu erupted at around 7 p.m.

Japanese television showed an orange burst out of the side of the volcano, near the summit, accompanied by lightning-like flashes. Dark gray smoke billowed into the sky.

The Meteorological Agency banned entry to the area, expanding an existing no-go zone around the crater to a 1.2-mile radius, according to public broadcaster NHK. There were no immediate reports of injuries.

Friday's eruption, while...

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