Japan’s Mount Aso volcano, on the island of Kyushu, spontaneously erupted on Monday spewing a thick plume of black smoke two kilometers into the sky. According to reports inside the country the amazing spectacle did not result in any injuries or loss of life.
Mount Aso stands at nearly 5,200 feet tall, and it is one of Japan’s most active volcanoes. It is known for being a popular spot for hikers and while a handful of people were nearby, all were able to evacuate safely.
Footage on television showed black smoke shooting into the sky with Ash falling as far as three miles away.
According to the Kyushu Electric Power Company, the eruption will not have an impact on its nuclear plants, one of which was restarted last month.
Japan is located on the “Ring of Fire”, which refers to a horseshoe-shaped band of volcanoes and fault lines around the edges of the Pacific Ocean. More than 100 active volcanoes are located in this area.
Last year, Japan’s Mount Ontake erupted spontaneously. Mount Ontake is located in central Japan, and 63 people were killed in the disaster. It was the most deadly Japanese volcanic eruption in nearly 90 years. Last May, another island south of Kyushu had to be evacuated because of another eruption.