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Eruption of Puyehue-Cordn Caulle volcano Chile
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Eruption of Puyehue-Cordón Caulle volcano, Chile

August 29, 2011
A pale plume of gas and ash rose from the Puyehue Cordón Caulle Volcanic Complex and drifted westward over the Pacific Ocean in late August, 2011. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard the Aqua satellite captured this true-color image at 19:15 UTC on that same day. The activity at this complex began on June 4, 2011, when a powerful eruption sent an ash cloud as high as 12,000 meters (39,370 feet). The ongoing eruption has been characterized by explosive emissions of ash and larger tephra, as well as the outpouring of lava typical of an effusive eruption. Image Credits: Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Land Rapid Response Team, NASA GSFC


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