Japan’s Sakurajima volcano erupts
Alert level raised to 5
Formation of a task force in the Prime Minister’s Office
Tokyo. The Sakurajima volcano in Japan’s Kagoshima prefecture erupted on Sunday. After this people have been evacuated from the areas close to the volcano. The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) said that large volcanic rocks have fallen in areas up to 2.5 kilometers from the volcanic eruption. Due to this the JMA announced a Level 5 alert. This is the highest level of alert and people around have been asked to evacuate the houses.
According to a news of news agency ANI, the Japan Meteorological Agency has estimated that there is no possibility of any large-scale eruption from the volcano recently. Nevertheless, the agency has raised its alert level to the highest level of 5. It was implemented in Sakurajima for the first time since its introduction in 2007. While Kagoshima city officials have issued evacuation orders for residents of the cities of Arimura and Furusato.
Meteorological agency officials said large volcanic rocks could fall within a radius of three kilometers from two craters in parts of the city of Kagoshima. He also says that people should be very cautious within a radius of about 2 km. An agency official said in a press conference that ‘Sakurajima’s volcanic activity is intensifying. People in residential areas should be on high alert for large volcanic rocks falling nearby. Meanwhile, people from the areas close to the volcano have started coming out.
A task force has been formed in the Prime Minister’s Office after the volcanic eruption. Japan’s Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Isozaki Yoshihiko told reporters on Sunday night that there were no reports of any major damage so far. He has appealed to the people living near the volcano to keep getting information through various media at all times.
FIRST PUBLISHED : July 25, 2022, 06:34 IST