Press Release

  This press release is issued by NASDA.


Landsat-5 views the Miyakejima Volcanic Activity

August 30, 2000 (JST)

National Space Development Agency of Japan

The National Space Development Agency of Japan (NASDA) announced that as the result of satellite image taken by the LANDSAT-5 satellite of the Miyakejima* area and the spreading of the volcanic smoke and ash around the island was able to be seen from the picture around 9:54 a.m. on August 28, 2000.

The image shows that on August 28, the day when large numbers of people in the Kanto area complained of strange smells in the air, smoke from the eruption of Miyakejima extended over the sky in a northwest direction like a band, as far as the Izu Peninsula and further towards Sagami Bay.

Note: LANDSAT-5 is an earth observation satellite launched by the United States in March of 1984 , capable of recording images with a ground resolution of 30 meters.

*Miyakejima: An island located approximately 180km southwest of Tokyo and is now erupting intermittently (Mt.Oyama Volcano).