Eruption of Nabro volcano in Africa continues

September 30, 2011ERITREA – Satellite imagery suggests that the eruption of Nabro Volcano in northeast Africa, which began in June 2011, is continuing. The volcano is located on the edge of the Danakil Desert, a remote and sparsely populated area on the border between Eritrea and Ethiopia, and few eyewitness accounts of the eruption are available. Orbiting instruments such as the Advanced Land Imager (ALI) aboard Earth Observing-1 (EO-1), which acquired these images, may be the only reliable way to monitor Nabro. The images show the volcano in false-color (top) and natural-color (lower) on September 28, 2011. Heat from vents in Nabro’s central crater is visible as a red glow in the false-color image. Another hotspot about 1,300 meters (4,600 feet) south of the vents reveals an active lava flow. A pale halo surrounding the vents indicates the presence of a tenuous volcanic plume. South of Nabro’s crater, the dark, nearly black areas are coated with ash so thick it completely covers the sparse vegetation. On either side of this region is a thinner layer of ash with some bright green vegetation (exaggerated in false-color) poking through. –IWO
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3 Responses to Eruption of Nabro volcano in Africa continues

  1. nickk0 says:

    For some reason, this volcano is fascinating…… in part, because it has “never erupted in recorded history”, and also because it is so ‘remote’, that nobody seems to know what is happening there.

    If a tree falls in the woods, but no one hears it or sees it, has it really fallen down ??
    Likewise, if a volcano erupts and there is no one to see it, has it really erupted ?
    You bet it does.

    – Nick


  2. Fascinating image. However, I am not familiar with this area. How populated is it?



    • It’s a remote region. We were some of the first to break the story of an eruption and Luisport and I did that with the aid of seismographs and satellites. It took over 2 weeks to get pictures from the site- it’s that remote.


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