Hawaii's Kilauea volcano fissures observed from NASA satellites

New images from NASA satellites show the activity of Hawaii's Kilauea volcano.
By Tyler MacDonald | May 08, 2018
NASA's space satellites have been monitoring the eruptions and growth of lava fields at Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano, according to The Weather Channel. The agency released numerous images on Monday that showed the movement of the lava as it seeps into new areas.

The team used theAdvanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) that is aboard NASA's Terra satellite, which locates hotspots using infrared technology. Hotspots include either lava flows or new fissures, which show up as yellow to the ASTER. Red regions represent vegetation, and gray and black zones mark older lava flows.

The unique images allow scientists to track lava moment as well as the direction that sulfur dioxide is drifting as one of the world's most active volcanoes continues to change.

NASA claims that the although the Kilauea is consistently releasing sulfur dioxide gas, in recent days there has been a significant increase in the amounts released, which likely stems from the creation of new fissures.

"It can be very hard to distinguish individual 'plumes' from these sulfur dioxide sources with the spatial resolution that we have from OMPS, but we are seeing what seems to be an overall increase that coincides with the latest activity," said Michigan Tech volcanologistSimon Carn.

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