I think I may have caught my first volcanic eruption.

Mount Sakurajima off the island of Kyushu, Japan is currently erupting, supposedly putting out quite a serious column of ash. The image below shows a grab from the southbound pass of satellite METOP-A at 00:52 this morning, Tuesday September 25th 2012 and would seem to show the ashcloud streaming Southwest from the volcano. (Click for a larger image)Mt Sakurajima Ashcloud

The image was grabbed using David Taylor’s excellent Metop Manager and processed using his also indispensable HRPT Reader. The right-hand grayscale image uses Channels 4 & 5 of the satellite’s sensor to bring out ash in the atmosphere.