Activity at Sakura-jima Volcano

Activity at Sakura-jima Volcano

The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite acquired this image of Sakura-jima, a volcano in southern Japan, venting ash over Kagoshima Bay on October 27, 2014 at 1:15 pm local time. On October 28, the Japan Meteorological Agency reported ash from the volcano rising to an altitude of 2.4 kilometers (7,900 feet) as it drifted south. Sakura-jima is one of Japan’s most active volcanoes. Historical records dating back to the 8th century note frequent eruptions and ashfall on the nearby city of Kagoshima.

  • References and Further Reading

  • Volcano Discovery (2014, October 24) Sakurajima. Accessed October 31, 2014.
  • Global Volcanism Program (2014, October 31) Sakurajima. Accessed October 31, 2014.

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  • Data Date:

    October 27, 2014
  • Visualization Date:

    October 30, 2014
  • Sensor(s):

    Aqua - MODIS


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