No-go warning as Japan volcano erupts for first time in 250 years

AFP – April 19, 2018

Tokyo (AFP) – A volcano in southern Japan erupted for the first time in 250 years on Thursday, spewing steam and ash hundreds of metres into the air, as authorities warned locals not to approach the mountain.

“There is a possibility that (Mount Io) will become more active,” said Makoto Saito, an official from the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA), confirming the eruption.

In a televised press conference, he warned residents in the area to stay away from the mountain, part of the Mount Kirishima group of volcanoes, as major ash deposits spread from the crater.

It was the first eruption of the mountain since 1768, the JMA said.

The agency warned that large flying rocks could fall over a three-kilometre (two-mile) radius.

Strong and shallow M6.2 earthquake hits Izu Islands region, Japan

– November 16, 2017

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the JMA as M6.2 hit Izu Islands region, Japan at 09:43 UTC (18:43 JST) on November 16, 2017. The agency is reporting a depth of 20 km (12.4 miles). USGS is reporting M5.8 at a depth of 71 km (44 miles), EMSC M5.8 at a depth of 100 km (62 miles).

According to the EMSC, the epicenter was located 357 km (221 miles) S of Yokohama-shi (population 3 575 000) and 297 km (184 miles) SE of Shimoda (population 26 000), Japan.

There are about 100 people living within 100 km (62 miles). Some 22 905 000 people are estimated to have felt weak shaking, according to the USGS.

This earthquake poses no tsunami risk, JMA said.