Volcanoes erupt in Russia and Japan

Two volcanoes in Russia and Japan erupted spectacularly on Wednesday. 

Mt Shiveluch on the Russian Kamchatka Peninsula and Mt Shinmoedake in the Kirishima mountain range in Japan both erupted on Wednesday morning (local time).

Mt Shiveluch has erupted many times in the past year. 

In June, The Siberian Times reported nearby villagers were being provided with gauze masks to protect them from hazardous ash falling due to Mt Shiveluch's eruption. 

It is Mt Shinmoedake's first eruption since 2011.

Volcanic tremors in the area have intensified since late September, prompting Japan's Meteorological Agency to raise the alert to level three and restrict entry.

Ash has been falling in three cities and some small towns, but no injuries have been reported so far. 

Closer to New Zealand, the volcano Manaro in Vanuatu appears to have calmed, while villagers in Bali wait anxiously to see if Mt Agung will erupt.