(ORDO NEWS) — The Japan Meteorological Agency reports that an underwater volcano located far south of the country’s main island of Honshu has begun erupting. It issued a volcanic warning for nearby waters.
The agency says a meteorological observation satellite detected an eruption of volcanic material in the Funka Asane area of the Ogasawara Islands around 6 p.m. Sunday.
The column rose to a height of about 5,500 meters above sea level. A satellite image shows it spreading to the northeast over the waters.
The agency says volcanic activity at Funka Asan may continue. It urges ships cruising nearby waters to remain vigilant for falling rocks, floating debris and the rapid spread of volcanic gas and ash.
Funka Asane is located north of the island of Ioto, also known as Iwo Jima.
According to the meteorological agency, this is the first eruption at Funka Asan since fishing boats observed two to three blowouts in the area every year from 1930 to 1945. The agency observed discolored water in the area for about 40 years, starting in 1953.
Funka Asane is about 130 kilometers from the underwater volcano Fukutoku Oka no Ba, which caused a powerful eruption last year.
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