A violent explosive eruption marked the 29.05.2015 at 10am the Kuchinoerabu-jima island-volcano, accompanied by a plume rising to 9,500 meters (depending on the Tokyo VAAC) then drifting eastward, and a pyroclastic flow hurtling south-east to the coast.
The volcano has been placed on full alert level 5, and some 140 islanders evacuated.
This activity is from the Shindake cone, active since 1840.
Kuchinoerabujima at 9h58 (before eruption) et 10 h00 (in eruption) 29.05.2015 - webcam of the volcano
All airlines Japanese suspend their flights as a precaution to Okinawa and Southeast Asian (gmanews).
The Kuchinoerabujima experienced a similar explosion in August 2014 ... after which its alert level remained at 3.
The Kuchinoerabujima is a small island north of the volcanic Ryukyu archipelago, south of Kyushu