Ash spews from Shinmoedake in southern Kyushu
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Japanese volcano Shinmoedake shatters windows 8km away

A volcano on Kyushu in Japan has erupted again with its biggest explosion yet, shattering windows 5 miles (8 kilometres) away.

Shinmoedake first showed signs of new life last Wednesday, since when fine ash clouds have been raining down on the area.

Volcanic debris, including hot ash and rocks, was sent more than 2,000m (6,500ft) into the air.

Officials have widened the danger zone around Mount Kirishima, the location of the volcano and the setting for the 1967 James Bond movie You Only Live Twice.

  • 01 Feb 2011
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