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Chaitén: thermal image from 31 May 2008 6 June 2008

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The image below was captured by the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) on NASA’s Terra satellite on 31 May 2008. The original can be viewed, with commentary, at the NASA Earth Observatory.

satellite image from 31 May 2008 (NASA)

This is a thermal image: the hotter something is, the lighter its colour. Thus the seat of the current eruption, the lava dome within Chaitén’s caldera, is the hottest and brightest part of the image.

NASA image created by Jesse Allen, using data provided courtesy of GSFC/METI/ERSDAC/JAROS, and the U.S./Japan ASTER Science Team.

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Information
Global Volcanism Program: Chaitén – summary information for Chaitén (1508-41)
ONEMI, Oficina Nacional de Emergencia – Chilean government emergencies office (Spanish)
SERNAGEOMIN – volcanology information from the Servicio Nacional de Geología y Minería (Spanish)

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