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In Video: ‘James Bond’ volcano erupts in Japan

The volcano, seen in the 1967 James Bond film You Only Live Twice, has had smaller eruptions since last week.

A column of volcanic smoke rises from the crater on the Shinmoedake volcano (Kyodo News via AP)
A column of volcanic smoke rises from the crater on the Shinmoedake volcano (Kyodo News via AP)

A volcano in southern Japan has erupted, shooting smoke and ash thousands of feet into the sky and grounding dozens of flights to and from a nearby airport.

The Meteorological Agency said the Shinmoedake volcano erupted violently several times on Tuesday, shooting up ash and smoke up to 7,500ft in its biggest explosion since 2011.

It said some lava was rising from inside a crater at the volcano.

The volcano, seen in the 1967 James Bond film You Only Live Twice, has had smaller eruptions since last week.

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