Japan raises eruption warning for southern volcano


TOKYO: Japan’s weather agency on Saturday told thousands of residents near a southern city to prepare for a possible evacuation as it upgraded a volcanic eruption warning. Officials raised their alert to its second-highest level after picking up increasing seismic activity around the volcano Sakurajima, which sits just off the coast of Kagoshima, a city of more than 600,000 people. Activity has spiked since early Saturday morning, they said. The volcano is about 50 kilometers (31 miles) from a nuclear reactor that was switched on this week.



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