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Nyamuragira: what the satellites say 18 January 2010

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Little fresh news is coming from Africa about the eruption of Nyamuragira volcano in the Democratic Republic of Congo that began two weeks ago, but satellite data indicates that the activity is continuing.

The availability of MODIS hotspot data is affected by cloud cover, which has been considerable in the area of the volcano over recent days. However, MODIS images for 13 and 15 January shows the thermal signatures of fresh lava emissions to the east and south of Nyamuragira’s summit crater.

MODIS hotspots at Nyamuragira volcano, D. R. Congo, 13 and 15 January 2010
MODIS hotspots at Nyamuragira volcano, D. R. Congo, 13 and 15 January 2010.

The volcano has also been emitting considerable quantities of sulphur dioxide, as shown by OMI SO2 data. Significant SO2 clouds were detected on 13 and 17 January 2010.

Nyamuragira, D. R. Congo - OMI SO2 composite image 13 January 2010
Nyamuragira, D. R. Congo – OMI SO2 composite image 13 January 2010.

Nyamuragira, D. R. Congo - OMI SO2 composite image 17 January 2010
Nyamuragira, D. R. Congo – OMI SO2 composite image 17 January 2010.

For all our Nyamuragira coverage: Nyamuragira « The Volcanism Blog.

Information
Global Volcanism Program: Nyamuragira – summary information for Nyamuragira (0203-02=)

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