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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.

A 'dozen more bodies found' after Japanese volcano eruption

Japan Self-Defense Force (JSDF) soldiers and firefighters conduct rescue operations near the peak of Mt. Ontake. Credit: Reuters

A dozen more bodies have been found at summit of a volcano Japan after it erupted at the weekend, raising the death toll to 48, police have told the Associated Press.

Earlier today, rescuers at the summit of Mount Ontake resumed the search, they had previously had to abandon efforts due to a rise in toxic gas levels.

Volcanic smoke rises from Mount Ontake. Credit: Reuters


Toxic gas halts Japan volcano search efforts

Search teams have been forced to abandon efforts to find more victims of the Japan volcano eruption due to a rise in toxic gas levels.

Volcanic smoke rises from Mount Ontake in central Japan, two days after a volcanic eruption. Credit: REUTERS/Kyodo

Earlier today, rescuers at the summit of Mount Ontake found what could be five more victims of Saturday's eruption.

At least 36 people are feared to have died.

More than 30 believed dead in Japan eruption

Thirty-one people were presumed dead near the peak of a Japanese volcano that erupted unexpectedly a day earlier while it was packed with hikers.

A hiker is lifted by a rescue helicopter of Japan Self-Defense Force. Credit: Reuters
Soldiers and firefighters conduct rescue operations at mountain lodges. Credit: Reuters

Police said the 31 people were found in "cardiopulmonary" arrest but declined to confirm their deaths pending a formal examination, as per Japanese custom.

Soldiers and firefighters carry an injured person near a crater of Mt. Ontake. Credit: Reuters

Japanese volcano erupts without any warning

Hundreds of people, including children, were stranded on Japanese volcano after it erupted without warning.

More than 30 hikers are feared deadand 40 people were injured in the eruption. Authorities were trying to confirm the whereabouts of 45 people, the Fire and Disaster Management Agency said earlier.

Mount Ontake in Nagano prefecture Credit: Google Maps

An official at the volcano division of the Japan Meteorological Agency said that, while there had been a rising number of small earthquakes detected at Ontake, the eruption could not have been predicted easily.

"There were no other signs of an imminent eruption, such as earth movements or changes on the mountain's surface," the official told Reuters.

Mount Ontake was still erupting on Sunday, pouring smoke and ash hundreds of metres into the sky.

Ash was found on cars as far as 50 miles (80 km) away.


Japanese volcano: More than 30 'feared dead'

More than 30 people have been found near the peak of the Japanese volcano that erupted on Saturday, NHK national news said, without specifying they have died.

Volcanic smoke rises from Mount Ontake. Credit: Reuters

The hikers were not breathing and their hearts had stopped, reports said.

Japan does not confirm deaths until a formal examination has been made. A Nagano prefectural official was unable to confirm the NHK report.

Plumes of grey ash rise as volcano erupts in Japan

A volcano in Japan has erupted, injuring at least eight people and leaving more than 250 people stranded near the peak, officials have said.

A thick, grey cloud of ash rose into the sky above Mount Ontake and a witness said small rocks were being hurled into the air along with the ash, Reuters reported.

"It was like thunder," a woman told Japanese broadcaster NHK. "I heard boom, boom, then everything went dark."

The Meteorological Agency said the volcano, located 125 miles (200km) west of Tokyo, erupted just before midday local time and sent ash down the mountain's south slope for more than two miles (3km).

Indonesia volcano erupts killing at least 16 people

At least 16 people have been killed by Indonesia's Mount Sinabung volcano, which erupted yesterday after becoming increasingly active in recent months.

Villagers run as Mount Sinabung erupts at Sigarang-Garang village in Karo district, Indonesia's North Sumatra province. Credit: Reuters

It is the first time it is known to have claimed any lives, a senior government official confirmed.

The government has evacuated tens of thousands of residents near the area.

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