Volcano erupts near Tokyo

February 2nd, 2009 - 9:58 am ICT by Amrit Rashmisrisethi  

Early morning, a volcano erupted near Tokyo, with white smoke billowing and ash falling on the capital, the Meteorological Agency said.

So far, no injuries or any damage reported because of the following the minor eruption of the 2,568-metre (8,425 feet) Mount Asama, 150 kilometres (95 miles) northwest of Tokyo.

The volcano last erupted in August last year. Live television footage showed smoke coming from the snow-covered mountain seven hours after the eruption, shortly before 2am.

Carried by winds, volcanic ash was seen in towns at the foot of the mountain as well as in the heart of Tokyo, according to the agency.

The agency warned of a possible fall of rocks within four kilometres of the crater.

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