A volcano in southern Japan has erupted, creating a spectacular plume of ash three-miles high (4.8 km). The ash cloud from Sakurajima, an already active volcano in the prefecture of Kyushu, is the highest volcanic plume ever recorded for the volcano. According to the local meteorological observatory in Kagoshima, the eruption began at 4:41 p.m. Japan local time (1141 gmt) with the large plume of smoke rising upwards to 16,000 feet above the crater.moreless
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