Southern Japan volcano spews ash

The weather agency says a volcano in southern Japan is spewing ash and rock again, as the country struggles with the aftermath of a catastrophic earthquake and tsunami in the north.

The weather agency says a volcano in southern Japan is spewing ash and rock again, as the country struggles with the aftermath of a catastrophic earthquake and tsunami in the north.

The Meteorological Agency issued a warning Sunday saying that Shinmoedake volcano resumed activity after a couple of quiet weeks.

The mountain is on Kyushu island about 1,500 kilometres from the epicentre of Friday's magnitude 8.9 earthquake and resulting tsunami, which devastated much of the country's northeastern coast.

It was unclear if the eruptions were linked to quake. Japan lies on the Ring of Fire — an arc of seismically active zones where earthquake and volcanic eruptions are common.