KAGOSHIMA, Japan (CBS) -- The Sakurajima volcano, near the city of Kagoshima in southern Japan, erupted in the early hours of Tuesday morning, spewing out lava and a thick plume of black smoke into the air.
A fixed camera set up by the Japanese Transport Ministry captured the action as the Showa crater erupted around 5:30 a.m. local time or 1:30 p.m. Monday Pacific Daylight Time.
Reports from Japan claimed debris from the eruption landed as far as 1.3 miles away.
An eruption had been expected since a series of smaller explosions began over the weekend.
Since reawakening in 1955 the volcano has been one of Japan's most active, recording thousands of minor explosions a year.
There were no immediate reports of any damage caused by Tuesday's eruption.