Indonesia’s Soputan Volcano erupted in early July 2011. As of July 2, the volcano had produced a 6-kilometer (4-mile) ash plume and deposited ash west of the volcano, the Eruptions blog reported.
The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on the Terra satellite captured this natural-color image on July 3, 2011. The red outline corresponds to unusually high surface temperatures detected by MODIS. The volcano sends a thick plume eastward over Laut Maluku (Molucca Sea). The plume’s brown hue suggests the presence of volcanic ash, perhaps mixed with water vapor.
Situated on the northeastern tip of Sulawesi, Soputan is a stratovolcano—a steep-sloped volcano composed of alternating layers of solidified volcanic ash, hardened lava, and rocks left over from earlier eruptions. The summit reaches 1,784 meters (5,853 feet) above sea level.
- Global Volcanism Program. Soputan. Smithsonian Institution. Accessed July 8, 2011.
- Klemetti, E. (2011, July 2). New eruption at Indonesia’s Soputan. Eruptions. Accessed July 8, 2011.
Note: Often times, due to the size, browsers have a difficult time opening and displaying images. If you experiece an error when clicking on an image link, please try directly downloading the image (using a right click, save as method) to view it locally.
This image originally appeared on the Earth Observatory. Click here to view the full, original record.