Volcano's biggest eruption yet

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A dome of lava grow larger inside the crater as volcanic ash billows from Mount Shinmoedake in Japan (AP Photo/Kyodo News)

A revived Japanese volcano has erupted with its biggest explosion yet, sending a huge plume of gas, rocks and ash into the sky and smashing windows five miles away.

The eruption early on Tuesday was the biggest since the Shinmoedake volcano burst into life last week and officials widened the danger zone to keep residents away.

Wide areas were covered with ash and boulders landed on roads miles away. The blast also toppled trees and broke hundreds of windows in hotels and offices.

The volcano is in the remote Kirishima range on the southern island of Kyushu.

Broadcaster NHK said a woman suffered cuts from shattered glass in the blast. No serious injuries had been reported.

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