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June 2nd, 2015

NASA's Terra Captures Stratovolcano In Japan... Ashes To Ashes They All Fall Down

[SatNews] Mount Shindake, a stratovolcano on Kuchinoerabu island in southern Japan, sent a plume of ash and volcanic gas soaring into the atmosphere on May 29, 2015. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite captured this image of the eruption at 11:05 a.m. local time (02:05 Universal Time) on May 29.

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