La Soufriére covers Saint Vincent in ash •

Last update: May 6th, 2021 at 11:00 am

Today’s Image of the Day from NASA Earth Observatory shows the Caribbean island of Saint Vincent before and after two weeks of powerful eruptions by the La Soufriére volcano.

According to NASA, ash is roughly ten times denser than snow, and can accumulate into heavy layers that can smother crops, collapse roofs, and impact water supplies. 

The volcano has been experiencing sporadic, explosive eruptions since April 9, 2021. Plumes of ash and gas  have been ejected high into the air over Saint Vincent.

Much of the ash has been swept away by wind over large distances. Tiny shards of rock and glass have rained down onto the island and the surrounding water. 

The images were captured by the Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat 8.

Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory 

By Chrissy Sexton, Staff Writer

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