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Glow of lava is reflected in steam plume at water’s edge east of Kupapa‘u Point. A littoral cone formed by spatter from steam explosions sits on top of the sea cliff to the right (photo by T.J. Takahashi,

Glow of lava is reflected in steam plume at water’s edge east of Kupapa‘u Point. A littoral cone formed by spatter from steam explosions sits on top of the sea cliff to the right (photo by T.J. Takahashi

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Soufriere Hills Volcano

NASA image by Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.

NASA image by Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.

After 10 months of relative quiet, Soufriere Hills volcano on the Caribbean island of Montserrat blasted ash into the sky in early October 2009. This natural-color satellite image shows a plume of ash extending westward from Soufriere Hills on October 6, 2009, a day after eruptive activity resumed on October 5th. According to the U.S. Air Force Weather Agency, ash extended 280 kilometers (170 miles) at an elevation of approximately 3,600 meters (12,000 feet).

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