Huge Japan volcano eruption may throw lava 2km with ‘cities and towns at risk’

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A huge volcano on Mount Aso, Japan, has erupted with lava flows expected to reach two kilometres away from the crater.

Nearby settlements including the city of Aso, Takamori Town and Minamiaso Village are reportedly in danger.

The ash and lava is said to be heading east of the crater of what is Japan's largest active volcano.

The Prime Minister's Office confirmed the eruption and issued a level three warning in the area (restricting entry) having initially issued a level two warning.

If the warning level is upped once again there will be mass evacuations.

They said on Twitter: "Be wary of large volcanic blocks and pyroclastic flows that accompany the eruption within a range of approximately 2 km from the crater."

According to local meteorologists, Mount Aso had been threatening to erupt since yesterday with periodic tremors.

Japan Meteorological Agency have said that the eruption started at 11.43am local time today.

Local news outlets have reported that there have been no human casualties confirmed so far.

There have been several eruptions at the site in recent years. In 2014, a small but significant lava flow was propelled in a what was a Strombolian (mild) eruption.

A larger one the year after saw ash rise 2,000 metres above the crater and heavy pyroclastic flows.

In October 2016 the area was issued with a level three warning, as it has been today, after an eruption reached 11,000 metres above sea level.

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