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Soufriere Hills on Montserrat

Soufriere Hills on Montserrat

On February 28, 2007, the Soufriere Hills Volcano on the Caribbean island of Montserrat released another plume of ash and/or steam. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite caught the volcano in its continuing pattern of activity. This image shows the volcanic island sending its plume westward over the ocean water. The red outline at the volcanic summit is a hotspot—an area with unusually warm temperatures.

The high-resolution image provided above is at MODIS’ full spatial resolution (level of detail) of 250 meters per pixel. The MODIS Rapid Response System provides this image at additional resolutions.

You can download a 250-meter-resolution Montserrat KMZ file for use with Google Earth.

NASA image by Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, Goddard Space Flight Center.