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Mount Shinmoedake erupting between Miyazaki and Kagoshima prefectures. Photo: Reuters

Mount Shinmoedake erupting between Miyazaki and Kagoshima prefectures. Photo: Reuters

Mount Shinmoedake erupting between Miyazaki and Kagoshima prefectures. Photo: Reuters

Japanese authorities expanded a restricted zone near a volcano on the southern island of Kyushu on concerns it could emit molten lava, after an eruption last week caused the cancellation of more than 60 flights.

Shinmoedake, a 1,421-metre volcano, formed a lava dome in its crater that has grown from 10 to 500 meters in diameter, Japan's Meteorological Agency said. The agency widened a restricted zone to 3km and warned the lava might spill out of the crater.

Irish Independent