Russia’s Plosky Tolbachik volcano far eastern Kamchatka peninsula, erupts for the first time in 35 years, as seen from the Advanced Spacebourne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) instrument on NASA’s Terra spacecraft, Jan. 13, 2013. Image © NASA/GSFC/METI/ERSDAC/JAROS, and U.S./Japan ASTER Science Team
The eruption send clouds of ash to the height of more than 9,800 feet (3,000 meters). The snowy winter landscape reveals the still active lava flows; the thermal infrared channels highlight the hot rocks in red colors. Steam and ash clouds rising to the north hide part of the flows. The image covers an area of 14.3 by 18.6 miles (23 by 30 kilometers) and is located at 55.7 degrees north latitude, 160.2 degrees east longitude.
The U.S. science team is located at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif. The Terra mission is part of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, Washington, D.C.