Shinmoe-dake Erupts

It goes from bad to worse for Japan:

A volcano in southwestern Japan erupted Sunday after nearly two weeks of relative silence, sending ash and rocks up to four kilometres (two and a half miles) into the air, a local official says.
It was not immediately clear if the eruption was a direct result of the massive 8.9-magnitude earthquake that rocked northern areas Friday, unleashing a fierce tsunami and sparking fears that more than 10,000 may have been killed.
The 1,421-metre (4,689-feet) Shinmoedake volcano in the Kirishima range saw its first major eruption for 52 years in January. There had not been any major activity at the site since March 1.
Authorities have maintained a volcano warning at a level of three out of five, restricting access to the entire mountain.
Related? I have no idea. The seismic and volcanic events could have emanated from completely separate fault lines. The northeast of Japan is what has born the brunt of the devastation. The entire country is suffering from power outages, shortages, and fear. Even if the physical threat is nil, the psychological impact must be terrible.
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