In this photo released by Kagoshima Local Meteorological Observatory, volcanic smoke billows from Mount Sakurajima in Kagoshima, on the southern Japanese main island of Kyushu Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013.(AP Photo/Kagoshima Local Meteorological Observatory)
TOKYO (AP) - A volcano has erupted in southwestern Japan and coated a nearby city with a layer of ash.
People in Kagoshima city wore raincoats and used umbrellas to shield themselves from the ash after the Sakurajima volcano erupted Sunday afternoon. Local media said drivers had to turn on their headlights and reported the ash resembled driving through snow at night.
Kyodo News says the plume was 5,000 meters high and lava flowed about 1 kilometer from the fissure.
It also reports that railway operators stopped service in the city while ash was removed from the tracks. It says no one has been hurt.
Japan has frequent seismic activity. Kyodo cited the Japan Meteorological Agency as saying there are no signs of a larger eruption at Sakurajima but similar activity may continue.
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