Japan lowers Sakurajima volcanic alert to level 2

posted on November 27, 2015

The Japan Meteorological Agency said Wednesday it has lowered its volcanic alert for Sakurajima in the southwestern Japan city of Kagoshima to Level 2 from Level 3.

The Level 2 alert calls for not approaching the craters. Entry into the volcano was restricted under the Level 3 alert.

In lowering the alert for Sakurajima, the agency cited the absence of explosive eruptions since the one that occurred at the volcano's Showa crater on Sept. 16. It also said there have been no small eruptions either since the Minami-dake crater erupted on Sept. 28.

The agency, however, warned that areas within one kilometer from each of the Showa and Minami-dake craters could still be hit by large volcanic rocks. During rain, people should also watch out for possible debris flows, the agency said.

On Aug. 15, the agency observed rapid tectonic movements indicating the swelling of Sakurajima and raised its alert for the volcano to Level 4 from Level 3, urging people in nearby areas to prepare for evacuation.

source by the-japan-news
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