Japan volcano erupts with big blast of ash, rocks

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February 1, 2011 05:57

 
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TOKYO  — A revived Japanese volcano erupted with its biggest explosion yet, sending a huge plume of gas, rocks and ash into the sky and breaking windows 5 miles (8 kilometers) away.

Officials widened the danger zone to keep residents away. The eruption early Tuesday was the biggest since the Shinmoedake volcano burst to life last week.

Wide areas were covered with ash and boulders landed on roads miles (kilometers) away. The blast also knocked down trees and broke hundreds of windows in local hotels and offices.

The volcano is in the remote Kirishima range on the southern island of Kyushu. Public broadcaster NHK said a woman suffered cuts from shattered glass in Tuesday's blast. No serious injuries have been reported.

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