Detailed View of Erupting Nabro Volcano

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    NASA image acquired June 24, 2011

    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. 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.

    This satellite image is among the first detailed pictures of the erupting vent and lava flows. They were acquired by the Advanced Land Imager (ALI) aboard the Earth Observing-1 (EO-1) satellite on June 24, 2011.

    The bright red portions of the false-color image (top) indicate hot surfaces. Hot volcanic ash glows above the vent, located in the center of Nabro’s caldera. To the west of the vent, portions of an active lava flow (particularly the front of the flow) are also hot. The speckled pattern on upstream portions of the flow are likely due to the cool, hardened crust splitting and exposing fluid lava as the flow advances. The bulbous blue-white cloud near the vent is likely composed largely of escaping water vapor that condensed as the plume rose and cooled. The whispy, cyan clouds above the lava flow are evidence of degassing from the lava.

    NASA Earth Observatory image by Robert Simmon, using EO-1 ALI data. Caption by Robert Simmon.

    Instrument: EO-1 - ALI

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    1. Sky Noir 34 months ago | reply

      Cool! well, really hot!

    2. Cash Valley Photography & Imaging 34 months ago | reply

      I have never seen a picture like this before! Awesome!

    3. Tonkita2 34 months ago | reply

      Impresionante !!!!

    4. dodagp 34 months ago | reply

      Absolutely spectacular image !
      Captivating text and detail make it of high interest.

    5. astro_tans 34 months ago | reply

      A nice and detailed image, it will help to understand the phenomena of lava irruption.

    6. Alyhell 34 months ago | reply

      Congrats NASA

    7. szymon7 34 months ago | reply

      Интересные фотографии. У них есть что-то в них, которые не могут быть описаны.

    8. GrayHearts&FineLines [deleted] 34 months ago | reply


    9. IRENE is GONE to IPERNITY 34 months ago | reply

      amazing image thanks for sharing!

    10. Ed Gilvarte 34 months ago | reply

      where it will begin.
      just for instance

    11. mhmd-kassem 34 months ago | reply

      Very dangerous for the Arab region

    12. DarkAngelDay 34 months ago | reply

      Fantastic! Lielisks foto!

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