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Japan's Sakurajima volcano, not far from nuclear plant, erupts

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An aerial view of Sakurajima taken in August 2015
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A Japanese volcano about 50 km (30 miles) from a nuclear plant erupted on Friday, Japan's Meteorological Agency said, sending fountains of lava into the night sky.

The Sakurajima volcano, on the southernmost main island of Kyushu, erupts frequently.


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The Sendai nuclear plant, run by Kyushu Electric Power, and on the same island, resumed operations last year. It was shut down, along with all of Japan's nuclear plants, after a 2011 earthquake and tsunami triggered a meltdown at a nuclear plant north of Tokyo.

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