Smoke plume towers over Anak Krakatau •

Last update: July 7th, 2020 at 8:00 am

Today’s Image of the Day from NASA Earth Observatory features a burst of activity from the Indonesian volcano Anak Krakatau, with a smoke plume towering over the peak.

The volcano has experienced more than 50 known eruption periods in the last 2,000 years. 

The location of the plume suggests that it is volcanic in origin,” said Verity Flower, a USRA volcanologist based at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center.

Based on the color of the plume, Flower believes it is composed of mainly water vapor and gas. These reflective particles make a plume appear white. 

“Anak Krakatau volcano has displayed these small eruptive bursts periodically through the last few years,” said Flower. “However, it can also display more destructive activity such as tsunami-triggering eruptions.”

The image was captured by the Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat 8 on April 13, 2020.

By Chrissy Sexton, Staff Writer

Image Credit: NASA


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