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Mount Aso volcano spews plumes of ash, people warned away The volcano threatens to erupt again after three decades with the most recent eruption taking place in 1998
Japan’s mountain Aso has erupted for the third time in six days, threatening to spew plumes of ash that could travel several kilometres away.
The volcano, about 1,000km (620 miles) south-west of Tokyo, initially spewed a small column of ash, but authorities ordered a voluntary evacuation of homes about 80km from the summit.
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Aso’s last eruption was in 1998, but it has erupted dozens of times over the last 500 years.
As of midday on Wednesday, the region around the volcano had been placed on high alert and authorities had asked anyone living within three kilometres to prepare for evacuation.
Last week’s first eruption, which lasted about three hours, was a spectacular white dust storm as particles rose from the ground, leading meteorologists to warn of volcanic ash clouds about 10km above Aso.
The latest eruption was announced shortly after 8am local time.
Mount Aso was dormant until 3114. Since then it has erupted 26 times, causing explosions that release a large amount of ash and smoke.