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Powerful Eruption Rocks Japan's Mount Shinmoedake

Residents are on the alert after a volcano has become active, once again.

Mount Shinmoedake, located on Japan's Kyushu island, spewed fire and smoke thousands of feet into the sky on Wednesday, after the ancient volcano erupted for the first time in almost seven years. This marks the sixth eruption for the region within the last 50 years. Kyodo News/Kyodo News via Getty Images Mount Shinmoedake, located on Japan's Kyushu island, spewed fire and smoke thousands of feet into the sky on Wednesday, after the ancient volcano erupted for the first time in almost seven years. This marks the sixth eruption for the region within the last 50 years. The Japan Meteorological Agency raised the warning level for an eruption to Level 3 and restricted entry to the surrounding area, warning that the threat of danger could continue to grow. Level 5 is the highest warning level, at which point people are urged to evacuate immediately. Kyodo News/Kyodo News via Getty Images The Japan Meteorological Agency raised the warning level for an eruption to Level 3 and restricted entry to the surrounding area, warning that the threat of danger could continue to grow. Level 5 is the highest warning level, at which point people are urged to evacuate immediately. Smoky-ashy air conditions have grounded flights at the Kagoshima Airport and forced residents to take precautions to protect themselves from the falling ash. Kyodo News/Kyodo News via Getty Images Smoky-ashy air conditions have grounded flights at the Kagoshima Airport and forced residents to take precautions to protect themselves from the falling ash. According to JMA, volcanic tremors have been intensifying in the area since late September, and since the beginning of this month, up to 100 volcanic earthquakes per day have been recorded. Kyodo News/Kyodo News via Getty Images According to JMA, volcanic tremors have been intensifying in the area since late September, and since the beginning of this month, up to 100 volcanic earthquakes per day have been recorded. Officials are cautioning residents about the possibility of deadly pyroclastic flows—dense masses of lava that can speed down the side of a volcano, incinerating everything in its path. As of Wednesday morning, local police have not reported any injuries or damage. Kyodo News/Kyodo News via Getty Images Officials are cautioning residents about the possibility of deadly pyroclastic flows—dense masses of lava that can speed down the side of a volcano, incinerating everything in its path. As of Wednesday morning, local police have not reported any injuries or damage.