Sakurajima volcano, which is located in Kyushu , the largest western island in Japan, erupted on Sunday (24). The information was released by the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) and confirmed by local media, which added that there were no immediate reports of damage.
According to public television broadcaster NHK, volcanic rocks were spewed out at a distance of 2.5 km from the volcano.
The eruption alert level has been raised to 5, the highest, with some areas advised to evacuate.
Sakurajima is one of the most active volcanoes in Japan and eruptions of various levels occur regularly. In 2019 it spewed ash 5.5 km into the air.
Photos released by JMA showed what appeared to be a red mass descending one side of the volcano, with red projectiles firing as smoke rose.
Most of Kagoshima City is across the bay from the volcano, but there are several residential areas within about 3 km of the crater that could receive evacuation orders, according to NHK.
Officials in Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s office were gathering information on the situation, the TV channel added.