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October 27, 2014
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.