New Iceland Volcano Eruption Seen From Space | Space

The newest eruption on Iceland’s Reykjanes Peninsula, which sent lava spewing over 100 feet into the air, has been captured on camera from space.

On May 29, the volcano started erupting for the fifth time since December, with powerful spurts of lava bursting from a 2-mile-long fissure in the ground at the Sundhnúks crater series.

Images of the intense heat from the river of lava flowing out of the volcanic fissure were captured on June 2 by the Operational Land Imager on the Landsat 8 satellite.

They show a real-color image overlaid with a thermal image. The red areas are the heat of the lava, while the pale-green spots within the red areas are the most active zones of eruption.

An image showing Iceland’s volcanic eruption from space on June 2, with an aerial picture of the eruption on May 29 inset. This is the fifth eruption on the Reykjanes Peninsula since December.

NASA Earth Observatory image by Lauren Dauphin, using Landsat data from the U.S. Geological Survey / PUBLIC SAFETY DEPARTMENT OF THE NATIONAL POLICE VIA STORYFUL

The eruption began at 12:46 p.m. local time on May 29, following a period of intense seismic activity that triggered the evacuation of the nearby town of…


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