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January 28, 2014 - Plume from Sakura-jima, southern Japan
Plume from Sakura-jima, southern Japan Image used for Spacing Purposes
Satellite: Terra
Date Acquired: 1/23/2014
Resolutions: 1km (36.9 KB)
500m (73.5 KB)
250m (89.8 KB)
Bands Used: 1,4,3
Credit: Jeff Schmaltz
MODIS Land Rapid Response Team,

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.

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