Volcano warnings issued in Japan and Ecuador

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Warning have been issued over two increasingly active volcanoes in Japan and Ecuador.

The Japanese government has issued an alert after the Sakurajima showed signs of increased activity.

The volcano, which is on the southern island of Kyushu, erupts constantly and its increased activity has led the government to raise the alert to the second highest level.

The warning level issued means that local residents should prepare to evacuate. Meteorologists believe a large eruption could take place soon.

A state of emergency has also been declared in Ecuador because of increased activity of the Cotopaxi volcano.

Reports claim that several hundred people have already been evacuated from nearby villages.

Several small eruptions have already occurred and in one instance ash was launched more than three miles into the sky.

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