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'You Only Live Twice' volcano erupts in Japan

27-Jan-2011 • Bond News

A Japanese volcano featured in the James Bond film You Only Live Twice has erupted covering surrounding villages with ash, reports Sky News.

The Mount Shinomoedake volcano, in southern Japan erupted into life on Wednesday throwing ash almost 5,000ft into the air.

Roads have become unpassable and trains and flights to the area have been cancelled as officials assess the situation.

No injuries have been reported but a 1.2 mile safety exclusion zone has been created around the site.

The volcano has been active before, erupting in 1959, 1979 and most recently in 2008.

The volcano and surrounding area in southern Japan was used as the centrepiece for You Only Live Twice starring Sean Connery.

In the 1967 film, the then dormant volcano, had an artificial lake hiding the secret base of Bond nemesis Ernst Blofeld.

The volano interior was created by the iconic 1960s film set designer Sir Ken Adam and built at Pinewood Studios in England.

Thanks to 'strangways' for the alert.

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