Drone captures up-close footage of Japanese volcano erupting
Incredible footage shot by a drone has captured the intensity of a Japanese volcano which erupted for the first time in six years.
Smoke and ash can be seen spewing from the Shinmoedake volcano in the Japanese prefecture of Kyushu, with a plume rising up to 2,000 meters (5,600 ft) above the crater, according to Japan’s Meteorological Agency.
The drone footage was captured by storm chaser James Reynolds, who used a DJI Mavic Pro.
He added on Twitter that the footage was filmed on Thursday as he was stood 2.5km (1.5 miles) away from the volcano, and said he needed no permission to fly the drone.
The 1,421 metre (4,662 ft) high volcano first began erupting on Wednesday but continued through Thursday, affecting at least four cities and towns in the neighbouring prefectures of Kagoshima and Miyazaki.
A video taken by an onlooker from a nearby golf course also shows the volcano as it first spewed ash on Wednesday.
Residents have also been warned to stay away, as authorities raised its volcanic alert to level three.
The last time the volcano erupted was in Sept. 2011.