June 14, 2013 - Plume from Satsuma-Iojima, Japan

Plume from Satsuma-Iojima, Japan

The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard NASA’s Aqua satellite flew over Japan on June 4, 2013 and captured this true-color image of a restless Satsuma-Iojima volcano. In this image, a broad plume of light colored ash plume rose from the volcano and blew about 70 km westward across the East China Sea.

Activity has been reported at the volcano since May 23, when thermal anomalies were viewed on MODIS images. Satsuma-Iojima volcano is found on the northernmost of the Ryukyu island chain, between Japan and Taiwan.

Image Facts
Satellite: Aqua
Date Acquired: 6/4/2013
Resolutions: 1km (21.8 KB), 500m (32.8 KB), 250m (58.9 KB)
Bands Used: 1.4.3
Image Credit: Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Land Rapid Response Team, NASA GSFC