Volcanic eruption, alert zone expanded

NHK -- Apr 25
The Japan Meteorological Agency has expanded the area where residents are on alert to beware of flying rocks and pyroclastic flows at Sakurajima in Kagoshima Prefecture, southwestern Japan.

The volcano erupted around 1:09 a.m. on Sunday. It spewed ash and smoke up to about 2,300 meters into the sky and pyroclastic flows reached the area about 1.8 kilometers southwest of the crater.

The agency extended the alert zone from 2 kilometers to about 2.4 kilometers from the crater but kept the alert level at 3 on its five-tier scale.

Residential areas are scattered at about 2.5 kilometers from the crater and about 90 people live around the 3 kilometer radius from it.

Police and fire authorities say no damage has been reported as of 5:00 a.m. on Sunday.

Agency officials say it is the first pyroclastic flow from the volcano in almost three years and it reached the furthest from the crater in 10 years.

- NHK

25日未明に起きた桜島の噴火について、火砕流は発生していなかったことが分かりました。

 気象台は午前1時9分に起きた桜島の爆発で火砕流が発生したとして噴火警報を発表しました。

 立ち入りを規制する警戒範囲も「火口から2.4キロ」に広げていました。

 しかし現地調査の結果、「火砕流ではなく風下に流された噴煙の一部」だったと発表しました。

 警戒範囲も従来の「火口から2キロ」の範囲に再度、変更しています。

 噴火警戒レベルは3のままです。

- ANNnewsCH