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Eruption of Soufriere Hills Volcano, Montserrat

Eruption of Soufriere Hills Volcano, Montserrat

The Soufriere Hills Volcano on Montserrat produced a faint but steady plume of ash on September 4-5, 2005. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) flying onboard the Aqua satellite took this picture on September 5. In this image, a thin plume of volcanic ash drifts westward from the volcano, and red lines outline the volcano’s summit. The volcanic ash appears as a lighter shade of blue over the ocean surface while the clouds are white. To the northwest of Montserrat, partially obscured by clouds, are the islands of St. Kitts and Nevis.

Image by Jesse Allen, based on data from the MODIS Rapid Response Team at NASA GSFC