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. Japanese volcano erupts for second time in two weeks
TOKYO (AFP) Sep 14, 2004
A volcano northwest of Tokyo erupted on Tuesday two weeks after its biggest eruption in 21 years, sending a plume of smoke thousands of meters (feet) into the air, the Meteorological Agency said.

Three eruptions were observed on Tuesday from the 2,568-meter (8,474-foot) Mount Asama, 150 kilometers (95 miles) northwest of the capital, the agency said.

A column of billowing smoke rose about 2,500 meters, but there were no reports of rocks being out, the agency said. Television pictures showed ash covering cars in Takasaki, a town about 45 kilometers away.

Local authorities have not issued any evacuation warning with no reports of injuries from the eruption.

"It is still possible that eruptions will continue for the time being although the scale of eruption cannot be predicted," an agency official said.

An eruption on September 1 which threw rocks over a wide area and caused a forest fire on its slopes, was the volcano's most violent since April 1983.

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