In two days, Japan has gone through four nuclear emergencies and now three natural disasters. As the country struggled to recover Sunday from the catastrophic earthquake and tsunami, the Japanese weather agency reported a volcano eruption in southern Japan.
The volcano is on Kyushu island, about 950 miles from the epicenter of Friday’s earthquake that devastated much of Japan’s northeastern coast. Sunday’s eruption, which was the biggest volcanic activity in Shinmoedake in 52 years, caused widespread destruction and panic in southern Japan. The BBC reported that blast could be heard for miles, and shattered windows four miles away. Hundreds of people fled the area as the volcano debris was spewed more than 6,000 feet in the air, according to BBC reports.
Sachiye Day, VERTICES intern. email@example.com