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Crews sweep mounds of ash after Volcano erupts in Japan

Monday, August 19, 2013
In this photo released by Kagoshima Local Meteorological Observatory, volcanic smoke billows from Mount Sakurajima in Kagoshima, on the southern Japanese main island of Kyushu Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013

In this photo released by Kagoshima Local Meteorological Observatory, volcanic smoke billows from Mount Sakurajima in Kagoshima, on the southern Japanese main island of Kyushu Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013. Kyodo reported that it erupted Sunday evening, marking the 500th eruption this year at the 1,117 meters (3,686 foot) high mountain, which is one of Japan's most active volcanoes. There is no immediate reports of injuries. (AP Photo/Kagoshima Local Meteorological Observatory) CREDIT MANDATORY

Cleanup workers are sweeping up mounds of ash in a southwestern Japanese city after a volcano erupted on Sunday.

The volcano sent a plume of smoke into the air over the weekend.

So far, it has erupted 500 times this year and it spread ash over a wide area.

The city was shrouded in an ash cloud causing poor visibility at times.

Residents used masks and umbrellas to protect themselves.

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