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.
This image originally appeared on the Earth Observatory. Click here to view the full, original record.