The tiny volcanic island of Batu Tara has been erupting sporadically since March 2007. Located in the Flores Sea, Batu Tara is about 50 kilometers (30 miles) north of Indonesia’s Lesser Sunda Islands. The Darwin Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre reported eruptions of ash up to 8,000 feet (2,000 meters) on March 15, 2009. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard NASA’s Terra satellite captured this natural-color image of the ash plume on March 15, 2010.
Acquired April 15, 2010, this natural-color image shows an ash plume blowing from Eyjafjallajökull Volcano toward the east-southeast across the North Atlantic. The plume’s tan hue indicates a fairly high ash content.