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Eruption of Soufriere Hills Volcano Montserrat
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Eruption of Soufriere Hills Volcano, Montserrat

April 22, 2013
On July 28, 2005, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) flying onboard the Aqua satellite took this picture of a delicate plume of volcanic ash drifting westward from the Soufriere Hills Volcano on Montserrat. Montserrat appears in the middle of the image. Surrounding the island are its neighbors, several of them ringed in bright blue-green. A few things can cause this color: coral reefs covered by shallow water, sediment, and phytoplankton. Toward the lower left corner of the image, the ocean appears lighter. This lighter color is caused by sunglint, the reflection of the sun’s light into the satellite sensor. Credit: Image courtesy Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA GSFC


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