Volcano Erupts in Southern Japan

A volcano erupted in southern Japan on Wednesday, blowing ash about 3,000 feet into the air, the Weather Agency said.

Mount Sakurajima erupted at 5:30 p.m. and registered as moderate on the agency's scale for both the sound and strength of the tremors it caused, the agency said.

There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.

The 3,700-foot Sakurajima is one of Japan's most active volcanoes. Clouds of ash constantly drift from its crater. It sits in Kagoshima Bay, about 590 miles southwest of Tokyo.

Wednesday's eruption followed several other eruptions.