A major eruption occurred at Mount Sakurajima volcano in Kagoshima Prefecture, southwestern Japan at 22:56 UTC on June 5, 2017 (07:56 JST on June 6). This is the second significant eruption at the volcano in recent weeks.
The eruption occured at Showa crater, ejecting a plume of ash up to 4.2 km (14 000 feet) above sea level, according to the Tokyo VAAC.
The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) warned that similar eruptions could occur at the volcano at any time. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.
JMA maintains at Level 3, orange alert, signifying the volcano is active and should not approach.
Mr. James Reynolds of Earth Uncut TV has an excellent video footage of the event: