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NASA’s EO-1 Spacecraft Eyes Iceland Volcanic Eruption September 2014

For more information contact:Michael Flick
EO-1 Technology Transfer Manager
EO-1 Mission Office
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Greenbelt, MD 20771
Phone: 301-286-8146
Fax: 301-286-2840
E-Mail: Michael Flick

On the night of Sept. 6, 2014, the Advanced Land Imager (ALI) on NASA's Earth Observing 1 (EO-1) spacecraft observed the ongoing eruption at Holuhraun, Iceland. Data were collected at a resolution of 98 feet (30 meters) per pixel at different short wave infrared wavelengths and were then combined to create this image that shows the hottest areas of the vent and resulting lava flows. The image captured the 2-kilometer-long fissure from which lava is erupting, a channeled lava flow, and a broad expanse of lava flows extending 2.2 miles (3.5 kilometers) from the fissure.

The eruption is being closely monitored by scientists at the Icelandic Meteorological Office and University of Iceland. Because this event took place away from the icecaps of Vatnajökull and Dyngjujökull, this event did not generate a large ash plume like that of the Eyjafjallajökull eruption in Iceland in 2010.