Amazing and yet frightening images come from the island of Kuchinoerabu, where this morning the volcano Shindake burst into life spewing black clouds of ash up into the sky. The alert was immediate – no injuries have been reported yet – and 140 residents of the island were evacuated towards the near island of Yukushima.
Following the indications, a boat transported the residents from the port of Honmura to the one of Miyanoura. The Japan Meteorological Agency, in the meanwhile, declared that the lava arrived to the beach of Mukaheama. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe mobilised “all functions of government” to ensure the islanders’ safety, which is the most important thing. At present, a 72-year-old was reported to have suffered some burns, but he is not in a critical condition.
The eruption caused black clouds of ash up to 9km into the sky and lava flows, according to the JMA. The first signals of the awakening of the volcano Shindake were recorded lon 3 August 2014, forcing the evacuation of 87 people as a precautionary measurement, after 34 years of silence. According to the experts, a greater and more prolonged eruption could follow.
Translation provided by Maria Rosaria Mastropaolo