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Volcano Erupts on Southern Japanese Island

A volcano on the remote southern Japanese island of Kuchinoerabujima erupted suddenly Friday, blasting plumes of black smoke high into the sky and prompting authorities to order the evacuation of the island's residents. Mount Shindake erupted about 10 a.m. (0100 GMT). A pyroclastic flow of superheated gas and rock flowed down the side of the peak and reached the ocean, NHK said, but there were no immediate reports of injuries to the island's roughly 150 residents. The island,...

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