May 7, 2008 - A Second Eruption for the Chaiten Volcano

A Second Eruption for the Chaiten Volcano

The Chaiten Volcano in Chile erupted on Friday, May 2, 2008 for the first time in 9000 years. This image, captured May 3, shows the enormous ash plume from the volcano, stretching across Argentina to the Atlantic Ocean.

On Tuesday, May 6, 2008, the volcano erupted again, spewing pyroclastic materials like hot ash, gas and rocks 19 miles into the air. This image was captured that same day by the MODIS on the Terra satellite, during its morning overpass. The resulting plume from the volcano was again visible over Argentina, stretching to the ocean.

The nearby town of Chaiten was affected again by the eruption, though most of the town's residents had been evacuated after the initial blast. The town of Futaleufu, near the Argentinian border, has also been evacuated. There have not been lava flows from the volcano yet - but 6-12 inches of ash of been reported in some places.

Image Facts
Satellite: Terra
Date Acquired: 05/06/2008
Resolutions: 1km ( B), 500m ( B), 250m ( B)
Bands Used: 1,4,3
Image Credit: Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Land Rapid Response Team, NASA GSFC