A video grab from the Japan Meteorological Agency's live camera image shows an eruption of Mount Shindake on Kuchinoerabujima island
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Smoke spews from the erupting crater of Mount Shindake on Kuchinoerabujima island
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The volcano erupted suddenly on Friday, blasting plumes of black smoke high into the sky, prompting authorities to order the evacuation of the island's residents and forcing airlines to divert some flights.
Smoke spews from eruptive crater of Mount Shindake on Kuchinoerabujima island, Kagoshima Prefecture, southwestern Japan
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The volcano erupted on a remote Japanese island on Friday, blasting black smoke thousands of metres into the sky and forcing residents to flee by boat and an airline to re-route flights.
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A ferry boat carrying local residents from Kuchinoerabujima island (backgroud), where the eruption of Mount Shindake prompted authorities to evacuate all 137 islanders, sails to Miyanoura port on Yakushima island