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02 March 2024

Volcano in southern Japan erupts, no damage

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A volcano in southern Japan seen in a James Bond film erupted Monday, shooting grey smoke and ash thousands of meters (feet) into the sky.

The Meteorological Agency said the Shinmoedake volcano had its second major eruption since it exploded in March for the first time since 2011. It had a less-powerful eruption in April.

There was no damage from Monday’s eruption.

The volcano was seen in the 1967 James Bond film “You Only Live Twice.”

Another nearby volcano, Io, erupted recently for the first time in 250 years.

Entry to the 1,421-kilometer (4,660-foot) -high Shinmoedake has been restricted since the March eruption.

Japan, which sits on the seismically volatile Pacific “Ring of Fire,” has 110 active volcanoes.