Smoke rises after an eruption of Mount Sakurajima in Kagoshima, southwestern Japan, in this handout photo taken and released by Kagoshima Local Meteorological Observatory 18 August, 2013
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Sakurajima volcano covers Japanese city in ash

19 August 2013 Last updated at 05:01 BST

A clean-up operation has begun in Japan after an eruption at a volcano covered an entire city with ash.

Footage shows Mount Sakurajima spewing the dark plume 5,000m into the air. It is the 500th eruption this year.

Residents of the nearby Kagoshima city used masks and umbrellas to protect themselves, as ash fell from the sky onto the streets below.

Daniela Ritorto reports.