People living near Sakurajima Volcano in Japan, 50 kilometres from Sendai nuclear plant, have been told to evacuate the area. Officials have raised their alert to the second highest level, meaning that the evacuation of 600,000 people from the city of Kagoshima may be necessary.
An official from the Japan Meteorological Agency said Sakurajima erupts almost constantly, but a larger eruption could be about to take place. The Japanese Meteorological Agency said: “The possibility for a large-scale eruption has become extremely high for Sakurajima.”
An official told Sky News “There is the danger that stones could rain down on areas near the mountain’s base, so we are warning residents of those areas to be ready to evacuate if needed.”
The Sendai Nuclear Power Plant had only switched back on this Tuesday having been closed since the Fukushima disaster of 2011. The last major eruption of Sakurajima was in 2013 where an estimated 63 people were killed.