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Japanese Volcano Shinmoedake Erupts Again

Japanese volcano Shinmoedake erupted again, shooting vibrant ash and smoke 15,000 feet in the air, making it the biggest eruption in over 50 years.

Shinmoedake first showed signs of new life last week, 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 and shattering windows 5 miles (8 kilometres) away.

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.