A volcano has erupted in southern Japan, sending an orange burst into lava and the skies rolling down the mountain.
The nation’s meteorological bureau said Sakurajima erupted at about 7pm local time (10am GMT). The public broadcaster NHK showed dark grey smoke billowing into the sky and lightning. There were no immediate reports of injuries.
The meteorological agency however prohibited entry to the region, expanding an existing no go zone around the crater to some 1.2-mile radius.
The eruption, while dramatic, was typical compared to the previous eruptions in Sakurajima, Kyoto University volcanologist Kazuhiro Ishihara told NHK. “But of course we have to keep monitoring the volcanic process.”
The Japanese archipelago sits atop the Pacific “Ring of fire” and has more than 100 volcanoes. 57 people were killed by the 2014 eruption of Mount Ontake in central Japan.