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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.

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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.”

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