January 28, 2014 - Plume from Sakura-jima, southern Japan

Plume from Sakura-jima, southern Japan

On January 23, 2014 NASAís Terra satellite flew over southern Japan, allowing the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard to capture this true-color image of a plume of volcanic ash and steam rising from the Sakura-jima volcano.

According the Volcano Discovery website, which reports on volcanoes world-wide, an explosion on January 22 was followed by near-continuous ash venting. The Tokyo Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) reported that the ash plume rose to 17,000 ft (5 km).

Currently Japanís most active volcano, Sakura-jima explodes several hundred times each year. These eruptions area usually small, but the larger eruptions can generate ash plumes rising high over the 3,410 foot (1,040 m) summit.

Image Facts
Satellite: Terra
Date Acquired: 1/23/2014
Resolutions: 1km ( B), 500m ( B), 250m ( B)
Bands Used: 1,4,3
Image Credit: Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Land Rapid Response Team, NASA GSFC