February 2, 2014 - Plume from Dukono, Halmahera, Indonesia

Plume from Dukono, Halmahera, Indonesia

On January 29, 2014 new explosions from Dukono volcano produced an ash plume rising to 12,000 feet (3.6 km) and drifting 74 km (46 mi) to the southeast, according to the Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) Darwin. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard NASA’s Terra satellite captured a true-color image of the event at 01:55 UTC (9:55 a.m. local time) that same day.

The Dukono volcano sits at the northern tip of Halmahera Island, which is the largest island in the Maluku Islands, Indonesia. The city of Sofifi, the capital of the North Maluku province, is also found on Halmahera Island, but on the far western coast.

The volcano is quite active, although reports are relatively rare due to its remote location. Since about 1933, Dukono has been more or less continuously erupting. Fresh ash plumes, indicating ongoing activity, were reported on at least seven days in January, 2014.

Image Facts
Satellite: Terra
Date Acquired: 1/29/2014
Resolutions: 1km (36 KB), 500m (78.9 KB), 250m (108.8 KB)
Bands Used: 1,4,3
Image Credit: Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Land Rapid Response Team, NASA GSFC