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March 30, 2023

Japan’s volcano erupts again

Japan’s Mount Shinmoe erupted again on Wednesday, spewing more lava, smoke and ash through the area, the country’s meteorological agency said, CNN reports. Since January 26 when it broke its decades-long slumber, the volcano has erupted seven times, the agency said. In the nearby town of Takaharu, ash blanketed cars, houses and streets, where 1158 residents have been advised to evacuate. Town officials said 614 people so far have fled their homes. “People in the area should prepare for the worst case scenario,” said Satoko Ohki of the Earthquake Research Institute at Tokyo University. It’s impossible to know if Mount Shinmoe will follow the same pattern this time, Ohki said.

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