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Volcano Erupts in Southern Japan

June 7, 2006

TOKYO (AP) _ A volcano erupted in southern Japan on Wednesday, blowing ash about 3,000 feet into the air, the Weather Agency said. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

Mount Sakurajima erupted at 5:30 p.m. and registered as moderate on the agency’s scale for both the sound and strength of the tremors it caused, the agency said.

There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.

The 3,700-foot Sakurajima is one of Japan’s most active volcanoes. Clouds of ash constantly drift from its crater. It sits in Kagoshima Bay, about 590 miles southwest of Tokyo.

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