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Text “Japan’s weather agency issued a warning to thousands of residents in Kagoshima that the likelihood of the eruption of a nearby volcano was extremely high.
Officials have raised their alert to its second highest level after it detected a spike in seismic activity in a volcano on Saturday near the offshore volcano Sakurajima, Agency France Presse reported.
They have warned an evacuation of the city of just over 600,000 people may be necessary.
The Japanese Meteorological Agency said: “The possibility for a large-scale eruption has become extremely high for Sakurajima.”
It warned residents to exercise “strict caution” and prepare for evacuation.
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.”
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