Stunning volcanoes seen from space by NASA and the International Space Station

Posted: September 8, 2011 in Uncategorized
A SERIES of breath-taking aerial shots of some of the world’s most famous, and notorious, volcanoes have been captured from space.

The US-operated GeoEye-1 satellite and the International Space Station were able to take the spectacular images.

Cleveland Volcano. Picture: Courtesy NASA Earth Observatory.

Cleveland Volcano, above, situated on the western half of Chuginadak Island, is one of the most active of the volcanoes in the Aleutian Islands, which extend west-south-west from the Alaska mainland. Here it is seen erupting in 2006.

Manam Volcano. Picture: Courtesy NASA Earth Observatory.

Papua New Guinea’s Manam Volcano, 13km off the coast of the mainland, was snapped releasing a thin plume of smoke as clouds clustered near the summit in 2006. Both of the volcano’s summit craters are active.

The striking image below shows Soufriere Hills Volcano in Montserrat in March 2007. The red areas are vegetated, the clouds are white and the blue/black areas are ocean water. Soufriere Hills erupted again in February 2010.

Soufriere Hills Volcano. Picture: Courtesy NASA Earth Observatory.

The amazing Sarychev Volcano in Russia, below, is snapped here in an early stage of an eruption in 2009. The plume gives the steam a bubble-like mushroom cloud appearance.

Amazing Sarychev Volcano. Picture: Couirtesy NASA Earth Observatory.

Since it began erupting on June 12, 2011, emissions from Eritrea’s Nabro Volcano have drifted over much of East Africa and the Middle East. Ash has displaced residents living near the volcano and disrupted flights in the region.

 Nabro Volcano. Picture: Courtesy NASA Earth Observatory.

Despite the volcano’s widespread effects, little is known about the eruption. Nabro is located in an isolated region along the border between Eritrea and Ethiopia, and few English-language reports have been published. Satellite remote sensing is currently the only reliable way to monitor the ongoing eruption.

Klyuchevskaya Volcano. Picture: Courtesy NASA Earth Observatory.

Klyuchevskaya Volcano resumed erupting after a respite of less than a month in late November 2010. It is located in the Kamchatka Peninsula of Russia, an area known for its high levels of volcanic activity. 


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