Mt. Shinmoe on the southwestern Japanese main island of Kyushu erupted again on March 1, 2018, less than five months after its last eruption. The eruption occurred at around 11 a.m. and ashfall was reported in the town of Takaharu, located east of the mountain. There are no reports of injuries or property damage and the volcano remained at level-3 warning, or “do not approach the mountain,” as volcanic earthquakes have been recorded at the mountain since around 8:15 a.m.
The volcano erupted in January 2011 and last October, spewing ash up to around 2,300 meters above the crater in the October eruption. After the October eruption, the agency raised its warning level from 2 to 3 and warned of flying rocks and pyroclastic flows in the area within 3 kilometers of the crater.