Eruption of Mount Sourabaya volcano, South Sandwich Islands •

Last update: October 17th, 2019 at 5:00 am

In late April 2016, satellite sensors detected signs of a volcanic eruption on Bristol Island in the far South Atlantic Ocean. Mount Sourabaya appeared to be erupting for the first time in 60 years. More than a month later, the eruption continues.

Mount Sourabaya on May 28, 2016

Mount Sourabaya on May 28, 2016


On May 28, 2016, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instrument on NASA’s Terra satellite acquired this true-color image of a volcanic plume streaming northeast from Bristol Island.

The plume casts a shadow on the sea ice below. Most of the white in the image is likely ice, rather than clouds.


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