For the first time in more than a century, Nicaragua’s Momotombo Volcano awoke with an explosive eruption. The Advanced Land Imager (ALI) on the Earth Observing-1 (EO-1) satellite acquired these images of the area on December 4, 2015.
The false-color image (top) highlights hot areas, primarily the lava flow that extends to the northeast. The natural color image (bottom) shows a close up view of the volcano. The ash plume moved west and southwest, dropping ash on nearby communities.
The last confirmed eruption of Momotombo occurred in January 1905.
- Smithsonian Institution, Global Volcanism Program (2015, December) Momotombo. Accessed December 9, 2015.
NASA Earth Observatory image by Jesse Allen, using EO-1 ALI data provided courtesy of the NASA EO-1 team. Caption by Kathryn Hansen.
- EO-1 - ALI