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Kilauea Eruption From Space

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Monday, May 28, 2018/Categories: natural history, video, space science, art and design, environment, adventure


        Animated Gif of Infrared Glow of Lava Flows, Mount Kilauea, 5-23-2018 (credit: Landsat-8, NASA)

Eruptions from Hawaii's Mount Kilauea have been continuous since mid-May. Fissures have open in multiple locations on the volcano, even in a suburban development where lava flows have destroyed anything in the its path. NASA and the USGS have been following the progress and the direction the lava movement. According to the Agency geologists, as of May 25th 23 fissures, including one of the most active, has shed enough lava to create a channel extending from Kilauea's summit to southeastern coast where the lava enters the Pacific Ocean.

NASA's Landsat-8 Earth-monitoring satellite captured infrared images of the lava from space on May 23rd. The Agency said It was cloudy when the first data was acquired but a break in the clouds appeared making it possible to fully image the lava flows in multiple light wavelengths. The photo-animation makes use of daytime images from the satellite's Operational Land Imager (OLI), with information added regarding the location of local roads and coastlines. The regions in purple surrounding the lava flows are clouds lit from below.

Once again, Madame Pele, the Hawaiian goddess of fire and volcanoes, shows who is in charge of the islands.



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