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Japan volcano causes damage

Tuesday, February 01, 2011 - 01:07

Feb 1 - Shinmoe peak erupts in southern Japan causing damage to buildings, one person injured. Julie Noce reports.

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Hot ash and rocks explode 2,000 meters into the air as Shinmoe (shEEn-moh-eh) peak continues to rumble in southern Japan. The peak is located in the Kirishima (kee-ree-SHEE-ma) mountain range on the island of Kyushu (Q-shoe). Residents in several towns have been affected... the erruption blew out glass windows in homes and schools. Towns downwind of the volcano have been covered in a layer of ash and soot. Others living inside the 4-km danger zone have been evacuated to emergency shelters. (SOUNDBITE) (Japanese) UNIDENTIFIED LOCAL RESIDENT BEING EVACUATED TO THE CENTRE SAYING: "I'm most worried about how I'm going to get my life and work back. (SOUNDBITE) (Japanese) UNIDENTIFIED LOCAL RESIDENT BEING EVACUATED TO THE CENTRE SAYING: "I'm worried about my friends." (SOUNDBITE) (Japanese) UNIDENTIFIED LOCAL RESIDENT BEING EVACUATED TO THE CENTRE SAYING: "I don't know what to say. It's really hard for us." The volcano had been dormant the past 300 years, but scientists say the eruptions may continue for another year. Julie Noce, Reuters.

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Japan volcano causes damage

Tuesday, February 01, 2011 - 01:07