Japan: Volcano erupts at popular tourist spot

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Tokyo, Sept 14: A volcano has erupted in Japan's main southern island of Kyushu on Monday sending up huge plumes of grey ash and smoke, Japan's Meteorological Agency said.

The 1,592-metre (5,222ft) Mount Aso, popular among tourists for hiking, is one of the most active volcanoes in the country.

Volcano erupts in Japan

There were no immediate reports of casualties and damages. There were a handful of people at a parking lot near the peak but they were being evacuated safely, officials said.

The volcano eruption has prompted cancellation of several flights.

Read More: Residents evacuated after volcano eruption in Japan

Mount Ontake in central Japan erupted unexpectedly last year, killing 63 people, the worst volcanic disaster for nearly 90 years.

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