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VIDEO: Japanese Volcano Blows Its Top

White smoke raises from Mount Shinmoedake in Kirishima mountain range in Kagoshima prefecture, Japan's southern island of Kyushu, on February 1, 2011. i

White smoke raises from Mount Shinmoedake in Kirishima mountain range in Kagoshima prefecture, Japan's southern island of Kyushu, on February 1, 2011. Jiji Press/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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White smoke raises from Mount Shinmoedake in Kirishima mountain range in Kagoshima prefecture, Japan's southern island of Kyushu, on February 1, 2011.

White smoke raises from Mount Shinmoedake in Kirishima mountain range in Kagoshima prefecture, Japan's southern island of Kyushu, on February 1, 2011.

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Dormant for about 300 years, Japan's Shinmoedake is very awake now.

The Associated Press says that the "revived Japanese volcano threw boulders for miles and broke windows 5 miles away in its biggest explosion yet" earlier today. "The blast sent a huge plume of gas and ash into the sky and officials widened the danger zone to keep residents away." It was "the biggest since the Shinmoedake (sheen-moy-DAH'-keh) volcano burst to life last week."

Reuters has this video from the scene in southern Japan:

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