Winds blew the plume, which obscured most of Kuchinoerabu, southeast toward Yakushima island. The plume reached a height of 9 kilometers (6 miles), according to news reports. The eruption forced more than 100 people to evacuate the island.
- Japan Meteorological Agency Volcanic Warnings: Kyushu. Accessed June 2, 2015.
- The Japan Times (2015, May 29) Volcano explodes off Kyushu, forcing small island to evacuate. Accessed June 2, 2015.
- Smithsonian Institution Global Volcanism Program Kuchinoerabujima. Accessed June 2, 2015.
- Volcano Discovery Kuchinoerabu-jima volcano. Accessed June 2, 2015.
NASA image by Jeff Schmaltz, LANCE/EOSDIS Rapid Response. Caption by Adam Voiland.
Instrument(s): Terra - MODIS