Japan Volcano Eruption 2011: Shinmoedake Volcano Erupts March 13
The Japanese Volcano Shinmoedake on the Island of Kyushu Erupted on Sunday March 13
It is unclear at this point if the eruption of the Japan volcano is linked to the massive earthquake in Japan a few days ago, but at this point it certainly looks like that could be the case.
The Shinmoedake volcano started spewing ash and rocks into the sky, and the explosion from the eruption could be heard miles away.
It is located about 950 miles from the epicentre of the earthquake, and has lain dormant for a few weeks. Officials are not saying if it is related to the earthquake at this point, as eruptions are common in Japan's 'ring of fire'.
However, this is another blow to a country that is already struggling to recover from the worst earthquake in its history.
Hundreds of people have fled the area, as it is feared more volcanic activity could be coming.