Dense plume from Sakura-jima volcano seen by satellite

When Sakura-jima volcano erupted on November 23, 2013, it emitted a dense plume of ash over the Japanese island of Kyushu. Currently Japan’s most active volcano, Sakura-jima explodes several hundred times each year but these eruptions are usually small. The larger eruptions, like the one November 23, can generate ash plumes that rise 3 800 meters (12 000 feet) or more above the 1 040 meter high (3 410 foot) summit.

Image credit: EO / Landsat 8 - OLI

This true-color image was collected by the Operational Land Imager on Landsat 8.

NASA Earth Observatory image by Jesse Allen and Robert Simmon, using Landsat data from the USGS Earth Explorer.

Instrument: Landsat 8 - OLI

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