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Smoky Haze Stretching Over China, Korea and Japan

36.2N 127.5E

May 29th, 2012 Category: Fires

China, Korea, Japan - May 29th, 2012

A smoky haze stretches from Russia to China, over the Bohai Sea, the Korean Peninsula and the Tsushima Strait, and towards Japan. The haze is just reaching Kyushu, the third largest island in Japan, visible in the lower right quadrant. Although haze is a common phenomenon in this region due to several variables, including smog and agricultural fires, the smoky veil here may be the result of fires that have been burning in Russia since mid-May (click here for previous images).

Ships in Hakata Bay, Japan

33.5N 130.4E

April 27th, 2012 Category: Snapshots

Japan - January 14th, 2012

Visible in the lower left quadrant of this orthorectified image is Hakata Bay, located in the northwestern part of Fukuoka city, on the Japanese island of Kyūshū. It faces the Tsushima Strait, and features beaches and a port, though parts of the bay have been reclaimed in the expansion of the city of Fukuoka. The Bay is defined by Shoal Umi-no-nakamichi and Tombolo Shika-no-shima (Shika Island) to the north, and Genkai-jima (Genkai Island) to the northwest, and the Itoshima Peninsula to the west.

The bay is roughly 10 km from north to south, and 20 km from east to west, covering an area of roughly 133 km². The coastline stretches 128 km. The mouth of the bay is only 7.7 km wide, shielding it to a great extent from the waves of the Strait. The bay is only 10 metres deep on average, 23 m at its deepest point, though the tides bring a two metre change in the water level. Set routes are used, therefore, through the bay, to protect ships’ drafts. Several ships can be observed in the bay upon opening the full image, appearing as small white dots.

Sakurajima Volcano in Kagoshima Bay, Japan

31.7N 130.7E

May 3rd, 2011 Category: Volcanoes

Japan - April 30th, 2011

Sakurajima is an active composite volcano (stratovolcano) and a former island (now connected to the mainland) of the same name in Kagoshima Prefecture in Kyūshū, Japan, visible on the left side of this orthorectified image

The lava flows of the 1914 eruption caused the former island to be connected with the Osumi Peninsula. The volcanic activity still continues, dropping large amounts of volcanic ash on the surroundings.

The peninsula is surrounded by Kagoshima Bay, a deep inlet on the coast of Japan. Kagoshima Bay is on the south coast of the island of Kyūshū. The port city of Kagoshima and its well-protected harbor lie on the bay’s western coast. Visible here on the northern coast is the city of Kirishima. Another city, Miyakonojō, can be observed by the center of the top edge.

Japanese Cities of Kitakyushu and Fukuoka – March 19th, 2011

33.5N 130.4E

March 19th, 2011 Category: Image of the day

Japan – February 18th, 2011

This orthorectified image shows the Japanese cities of Fukuoka (lower left) and Kitakyūshū (upper right). The latter is located in Fukuoka Prefecture, Kyūshū, Japan.

Fukuoka is the capital city of Fukuoka Prefecture and is situated on the northern shore of the island of Kyūshū in Japan. It is bordered on three sides by mountains and opens, on the north, to the Sea of Genkai. The city is located 1,100 km from Tokyo.

Much of the city is now built on reclaimed land, with ongoing developments in Higashi-ku building more artificial islands. Many of the contours of this reclaimed land can be observed in the full image.

Fukuoka is not as seismically active as many other parts of Japan, but does experience occasional earthquakes. The most powerful recent earthquake registered a lower 6 of maximum 7 of the Japanese intensity scale and hit at 10:53 am local time on March 20, 2005, killing one person and injuring more than 400.

Chikugo River on Kyushu Island, Japan

31.7N 130.7E

May 15th, 2010 Category: Mountains, Rivers

Japan - April 28th, 2010

Japan - April 28th, 2010

The Chikugo River is a river that flows through Kumamoto, Ōita, Fukuoka and Saga prefectures in Japan. With a total length of 143 kilometers, it is the longest river of Kyūshū island. It rises under the Mount Aso, and discharges into Ariake Sea, in the lower right quadrant of this orthorectified image.

The upper reaches of the river are important to forestry, and the middle and lower reaches are important to local agriculture, providing irrigation to some 400 km² of rice fields on the Tsukushi Plain. The river is also important to industry, with twenty electrical power plants are located along the banks of the Chikugo River, as well as the major city of Kurume in Fukuoka prefecture.