Mt. Shinmoedake

White smoke raises from Mt. Shinmoedake in Kirishima mountain range in Kagoshima prefecture, <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PLGEO000001" title="Japan" href="/topic/international/japan-PLGEO000001.topic">Japan's</a> southern island of Kyushu. Hundreds of people living near the Japanese volcano that has been spewing columns of smoke and ash thousands of metres into the air, were forced to evacuate their homes.

( Getty Images / February 1, 2011 )

White smoke raises from Mt. Shinmoedake in Kirishima mountain range in Kagoshima prefecture, Japan's southern island of Kyushu. Hundreds of people living near the Japanese volcano that has been spewing columns of smoke and ash thousands of metres into the air, were forced to evacuate their homes.

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