November 17, 2004
Kilauea volcano, on the southeastern slope of Mauna Loa on the edge of Hawaii's Big Island, is one of the most active volcanoes in the world. In this true-color Terra MODIS image from November 11, 2004, low clouds are scattered across most of the island, though MODIS was still able to detect Kilauea's heat signature (outlined in red in the lower right portion of the image). Kilauaea also has one of the largest active craters - a circumference of 13 kilometers (about 8 miles) - with a lake of molten lava about 230 meters below the pit's rim.
Topics: Environment, Igneous rocks, Shield volcanoes, Hawaii, Hilina Slump, Kīlauea, Rift zone, Mauna Loa, Lava, Volcanology, Volcano, Disaster Accident