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Plume from Manam

Plume from Manam

On April 28, 2007, Manam Volcano, just off the coast of mainland Papua New Guinea, released a plume of ash and/or steam. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite captured this image the same day. This image shows a small, faint plume from the volcano blowing toward the west. Forming an arc around the plume on the eastern side is a small bank of clouds. This image also captures two brownish-green sediment plumes flowing off Papua New Guinea east of Manam.

Manam is a stratovolcano composed of alternating layers of solidified lava, hardened ash, and volcanic rocks. The 10-kilometer- (6-mile-) wide island ranks among Papua New Guinea’s most active volcanoes.

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

NASA image created by Jesse Allen, using data provided courtesy of the MODIS Rapid Response team.