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Watch Japanese volcano Mount Shindake erupt

Spectacular footage has been captured of a volcano erupting on a remote Japanese island.

Mount Shindake, on Kuchinoerabujima, erupted suddenly at around 10am local time (1am GMT), blasting plumes of black smoke 9km into the sky, forcing evacuations and flight diversions.

A pyroclastic flow of super-heated gas and rock flowed down the side of Mount Shindake and reached the ocean after the mountain's "explosive" eruption, but officials said there was no danger to human life.

"There was a huge bang and black smoke rose up immediately," Nobuaki Hayashi told NHK television, adding that the island's 140 residents were gathering to await evacuation. No one has been hurt.

Just before noon a Coast Guard ship headed for the island to evacuate residents. The closest neighbouring island is Yakushima, roughly one hour to the east.


Japan's oldest professional footballer scores aged 48

Kazuyoshi Miura is not a young man. Credit: PA

Kazuyoshi Miura extended his record as the oldest goalscorer in Japan by netting at the age of 48.

The former Japan international netted at header in Yokohama FC’s 3-2 loss to Jay Bothroyd's Jubilo Iwata

It was Miura's first goal in over a year and he rightly celebrated with his infamous 'Kazu dance'.

“I managed to get a good jump on the ball,” he said after the match. “It was a good header.”

World's oldest person dies aged 117

Misao Okawa, a Japanese woman who was credited to be the world's oldest person, has died at the age of 117.

She celebrated her 117th birthday just weeks ago, on 5th March. Japanese media said she died of old age in a nursing home in the western Japanese city of Osaka.

Misao Okawa celebrated her 117th birthday on March 5th. Credit: Reuters

Okawa was officially recognised by the Guinness World Records as the oldest person alive two years ago when Jiroemon Kimura, also from Japan, died in June 2013 at age 116 years, 54 days.

The title of the oldest person now goes to Gertrude Weave of the United States who will turn 117 on 4th July this year, Japanese media reported.

Born the daughter of a fabric merchant in Osaka in 1898, on the same day as Chinese revolutionary leader Zhou Enlai, Okawa married in 1919 and had three children, four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

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