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Largest active volcano in Japan erupts after twin quakes, media report

/ 11:54 AM April 16, 2016
A landslide is seen after the earthquake in Minamiaso, Kumamoto prefecture, southern Japan Saturday, April 16, 2016. A powerful earthquake struck southern Japan early Saturday, barely 24 hours after a smaller quake hit the same region. Kyodo News via AP

A landslide is seen after the earthquake in Minamiaso, Kumamoto prefecture, southern Japan Saturday, April 16, 2016. A powerful earthquake struck southern Japan early Saturday, barely 24 hours after a smaller quake hit the same region. Kyodo News via AP

Japanese media are reporting the eruption of Mount Aso, the largest active volcano in Japan located on Kyushu island where twin earthquakes killed at least 29 people, buried houses and set off landslides.

That’s the first eruption in a month.

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Smoke is rising about 100 meters (328 feet) in the air, but no damage has been reported.

It’s not immediately clear if there’s a link the seismic activity and the eruption.

READ: Twin quakes kills at least 29 in south Japan; many trapped

Aso is 1,592 meters (5,223 feet) high and consists of five peaks. It’s about 1 ½ hour drive from Kumamoto Prefecture, the epicenter of the quakes.

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