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Japan volcano resumes eruption amid earthquake and tsunami aftermath

Oregon Live (Link) - AP (March 13, 2011)

The weather agency in Tokyo says a volcano in southern Japan is spewing ash and rock again as the country struggles with the aftermath of a catastrophic earthquake and tsunami in the north.

The Meteorological Agency issued a warning Sunday saying that Shinmoedake volcano resumed activity after a couple of quiet weeks.

The mountain is on Kyushu island, 950 miles (1,500 kilometers) from the epicenter of Friday�s magnitude 8.9 earthquake and resulting tsunami, which devastated much of the country�s northeastern coast.

It was unclear if the eruptions were linked to quake. Japan lies on the �Ring of Fire� -- an arc of seismically active zones where earthquake and volcanic eruptions are common. �

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