Shinmoe-dake Volcano Erupts on Kyushu
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Shinmoe-dake Volcano Erupts on Kyushu

February 2, 2011
Shinmoe-dake, a volcanic crater in Japan's Kirishima volcanic field, continued to erupt several days after coming to life on January 26, 2011. By Friday, January 28 a lava dome began to fill the crater. AFP reported that continuing growth of the dome prompted Japanese authorities to evacuate nearby residents. Along with the lava dome, the volcano erupted ash 17,000 feet (5,200 meters) into the air, according to the Tokyo Volcanic Ash Advisory Center.

Shinmoe-dake's thick ash plume was visible above extensive cloud cover on January 29, 2011. This natural-color satellite image was acquired on the morning of the 29th, by the Advanced Land Imager (ALI) aboard Earth Observing-1 (EO-1). The ash is light gray, and surrounding clouds are white.

NASA Earth Observatory image by Jesse Allen and Robert Simmon, using ALI data from the EO-1 team. Caption by Robert Simmon.

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