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Spacecraft nadir point: 28.7° N, 132.3° E

Photo center point: 31.5° N, 130.5° E

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Spacecraft Altitude: 256 nautical miles (474km)
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Image Caption: Sakurajima Erupting in South Japan
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.

Photographs of volcanic plumes (this is Sakurajima, Japan), give
useful information about the extent and composition of the plume.
This photograph was taken on 6 October 1985 from an altitude of
246 n.mi. (474 km) using a Hasselblad camera equipped with a 240
mm lens and color visible film. (Photo ID: 51J-47-079).