Strong Eruption at Paluweh Volcano

Strong Eruption at Paluweh Volcano

Thick ash drifted over Flores Island and the Savu Sea after a strong explosion at Paluweh (also known as Rokatenda) Volcano. Light-colored ash coated the southern third of Paluweh Island, while the sea to the west was colored turquoise by ash floating near the water’s surface. High-altitude winds carried airborne ash more than 440 kilometers (270 miles) to the southwest.

This natural-color satellite image was collected on March 24, 2013, by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on the Terra satellite.

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  • Data Date:

    March 24, 2013
  • Visualization Date:

    March 26, 2013
  • Sensor(s):

    Terra - MODIS
NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration