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Published time: August 19, 2013 08:30

Volcanic eruption covers Japanese city with ash

One of Japan's most active volcanoes, Mount Sakurajima, erupted Sunday, covering the nearby southern city of Kagoshima with a 5-kilometer-high smoke plume – the biggest since Japan’s Meteorological Agency started keeping records in 2006. By Monday morning, the air was clearer as the city mobilized hundreds of rubbish trucks and sprinklers, while residents wearing masks and using umbrellas helped sweep up the ash. Officials said no injuries or damage have been reported.

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