October 10, 2000
This photograph shows ash falling from Mt. Sakurajima on Kyushu Island in southern Japan. Mt. Sakurajima erupted on Saturday, October 7, ejecting a column of ash three miles into the atmosphere. The nearby city of Kagoshima was covered with several inches of ash. Mt. Sakurajima (3,686 feet above sea level) has experienced frequent eruptions during the past decade, and residents of Kagoshima have been forced to cope with its tempermental neighbor's occasional outbursts.