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.