An ash cloud reached more than 9,000 metres into the sky causing airlines travel chaos. Japan’s All Nippon Airways said it would divert some flights to Okinawa and Southeast Asia.
Officials have now warned of more possible eruptions and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has set up and emergency response team. Speaking in Tokyo, he said officials will do everything they can to look after the islanders.
“We will expend all our efforts to ensure the safety of all the residents of the island,” Mr Abe said.
Volcanic eruptions are common in Japan as more than 30 people died in Septemer when Mount Ontake erupted.