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Mount Aso in the southwest of Japan erupted Wednesday, spewing ash and large columns of smoke that prompted the authorities to raise the threat level in and around the danger zone.

The Japan Meteorological Agency reported no damages due to the volcanic eruption detected at 11.43 am local time.

The eruption sent blankets of ash more than a kilometer from the crater and 3.5 km high in the sky, said the agency.

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