Mount Shinmoedake erupts March 6 along the border of Miyazaki and Kagoshima prefectures on the island of Kyushu. (Video footage by Eiji Hori)

Kyushu’s Mount Shinmoedake remained active March 7 as smoke and fumes rose as high as 3,000 meters from the volcano.

The Japan Meteorological Agency is maintaining the alert level at 3, warning people to stay away from the 1,421-meter mountain and cautioning that large rocks may be spat out up to a distance of 3 kilometers.

It also said that glasses may break due to vibrations and that wind-borne volcanic debris may be carried over long distances.

Mount Shinmoedake straddles Miyazaki and Kagoshima prefectures in southern Kyushu.

Strong eruptions occurred seven times between 2:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. on March 6, and a further 22 times up to 9:30 a.m. on March 7.

Volcanic ash has fallen over a wide region, including Kirishima, Kagoshima Prefecture, and Miyakonojo, Miyazaki Prefecture.

The first major eruption in four months occurred March 1. The March 6 eruption was the biggest since March 2011.