The sleepy Japanese island of Kuchinoerabu was in for a scary surprise on Friday morning, as residents woke up to witness black smoke billowing nearly 30,000 into the sky. It was the Mt. Shindake in full fury.
The volcanic eruption pushed authorities to switch over to emergency mode and they came together to evacuate the people living on the island and reschedule flights.
Mount Shindake, which had last erupted in August 2014 after its first eruption in 1980, went for it again, pushing the islands inhabitants into fear.
It has been reported that the eruption started with a loud explosion and black smoke started climbing to dizzy heights. The atmosphere was filled with the smell of sulphur. No injuries have been reported so far.
The eruption began around 10 a.m. local time, thereby putting the island into high alert mode. The 140 residents were evacuated, while All Nippon Airways diverted flights quickly.
An emergency response team has been launched so as to prevent casualties or loss of property. The island of Kuchinoerabu is situated around 50 miles from the Japanese island of Kyushu.
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