Nishinoshima continues to erupt
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On March 1, 2015, the Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat 8 captured this image of volcanic activity that continued at Nishinoshima.

The volcano is part of a chain of islands located about 1,000 kilometers (600 miles) south of Tokyo. Previously, Nishinoshima merged with a small island that rose out of the sea in November 2013. For a time, the island was nicknamed “Snoopy Island” because of its resemblance to the famed cartoon character, but lava flows have since rounded out the landmass. Nishinoshima has grown to almost 2.5 square kilometers (1 square mile), according to a report by the Smithsonian Institution Global Volcanism Program. To see more satellite imagery of Nishinoshima, explore this gallery.

NASA Earth Observatory image by Jesse Allen, using Landsat data from the U.S. Geological Survey. Caption by Kathryn Hansen.

Instrument(s): 
Landsat 8 - OLI

Nishinoshima continues to erupt

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New Island in the Ring of Fire When Two Become One “New” Pacific Island Consumes Its Neighbor Growth of Nishino-shima Volcanic Island Still Huffing and Puffing New Island Turns One, Continues Growing Nishinoshima Continues to Grow Volcanic Island in the Pacific Turns Two Lava Glows Atop Nishinoshima
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