Friday, January 28, 2011

Volcanic eruption disrupts transport in Japan

The eruption of a volcano on the southern Japanese island of Kyushu disrupted transport Friday and forced residents to evacuate their homes, news reports said.
Shinmoedake, a mountain in the Kirishima volcanic range on the border between Kagoshima and Miyazaki prefectures, spewed heavy clouds of smoke and ash up to 3,000 metres into the air, the weather agency said.
The eruption, which started Wednesday, forced a local airport to close a runway temporarily. Some local train services were cancelled and sections of an expressway remained closed off.
Rocks and ash fell, covering a wide swathe of the region, including farmland and residential areas.
Japanese media reported that local farmers were worried about the damage to their crops in the region, which had already been hit by the outbreaks of the bird flu virus.

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