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Spacecraft nadir point: 27.0° N, 134.2° E

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Spacecraft Altitude: 125 nautical miles (231km)
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Image Caption: Sakurajima Erupting in South Japan, Plume in Haze
CIR film has another benefit in that it can see through some
types of hazes. Here we see what the astronauts saw during
their mission. They noticed the plume and took a photo.
Later when they came over the same area, under the same
conditions, they used CIR film. You will see the difference
in the next frame.
Mount Fuji is extinct, but subduction of the Pacific Plate
continues under Japan accounting for the numerous
earthquakes of the region. Volcanism should also be
expected to continue as the Pacific Plate undergoes partial
melting in the upper mantle. This active volcano is
Sakurajima located at the southern end of the island of
Kyushu. The plume of ash is easily visible extending off
the southeast.