Plume from Nyiragongo

Plume from Nyiragongo
  • Credit:

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

A blue-tinged pall completely obscures Nyiragongo Volcano on July 24, 2010. The blue hue suggests the plume is rich in sulfur dioxide, a toxic gas frequently associated with the emissions of Nyiragongo. Although there are no current reports of an eruption at Nyiragongo, there is a persistent lava lake within the summit caldera. Nyiragongo is located on eastern edge of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, near the border with Rwanda.

This natural-color satellite image was acquired by the Advanced Land Imager (ALI) aboard NASA’s Earth Observing-1 (EO-1) satellite.

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  • Data Date:

    July 24, 2010
  • Visualization Date:

    July 28, 2010
  • Sensor(s):

    EO-1 - ALI
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