Evacuations were ordered Friday after a volcano erupted on a small island in the Japanese island chain.
Mount Shindake erupted at 9:57 a.m. Friday, local time, and caused a 4.0-magnitude earthquake, according to the United States Geological Survey.
The island's population is 147. A .gif of the eruption: pic.twitter.com/NFrmcnwcqW— Nippon.com (@nippon_en) May 29, 2015
About 140 people living on the island were ordered to evacuate, the Japanese government said. The Japanese Meteorological Agency raised its volcano level to 5, its highest level, as a result of the eruption.
Pyroclastic flows from the volcano reached the shore, Japanese broadcaster NHK reported.
Japan eruption could hit air traffic. Fukuoka ACC alert: volcanic ash cloud, surface to 32,000 feet pic.twitter.com/dk2PxwpQSQ— Martyn Williams (@martyn_williams) May 29, 2015
It marked the second time that Mount Shindake has erupted in the last nine months, according to the Global Volcanism Project at the Smithsonian Institution.
The volcano last erupted in August 2014 and it was 24 years for a previous eruption.