Bristol Island Eruption Continues
acquired May 28, 2016 download large image (3 MB, JPEG, 1400x1800)

In late April 2016, satellite sensors detected signs of a volcanic eruption on Bristol Island in the far South Atlantic Ocean. Mount Sourabaya appeared to be erupting for the first time in 60 years. More than a month later, the eruption continues.

On May 28, 2016, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instrument on NASA’s Terra satellite acquired this natural-color image of a volcanic plume streaming northeast from Bristol Island. The plume casts a shadow on the sea ice below. Most of the white in the image is likely ice, rather than clouds.

  1. Related Reading

  2. Smithsonian Global Volcanism Program (2016) Bristol Volcano. Accessed May 31, 2016.
  3. NASA Earth Observatory (2016) Signs of an Eruption on Bristol Island.

NASA image by Jeff Schmaltz, LANCE/EOSDIS Rapid Response. Caption by Mike Carlowicz.

Terra - MODIS

Bristol Island Eruption Continues

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