Japan has 110 active volcanoes around the country
The Meteorological Agency says the Shinmoedake volcano erupted violently several times on Tuesday, shooting up ash and smoke up to 2,300 metres (7,500 feet) in its biggest explosion since 2011. It said some lava was rising from inside a crater at the volcano.
The volcano, seen in the 1967 James Bond film “You Only Live Twice,” has had smaller eruptions since last week.
Entry to the 1,421-km-high volcano was restricted. About 80 flights in and out of the nearby Kagoshima airport were canceled.