April 24, 2015 2:21 pm

Calbuco Volcano eruption seen from space

This natural-colour image shows the ash plume from the Calbuco Volcano's April 22-23 eruption.


TORONTO – We’ve seen some stunning images of the Chilean Calbuco Volcano eruption from the ground, but NASA has its eyes on the volcano from space.

READ MORE: Breathtaking photos, video of Calbuco volcano eruption in Chile

The eruption is believed to have ejected volcanic ash about 15 km into the air. And though the effects can be clearly seen on nearby towns and even in the air, satellites also recorded the aftermath of the incredible eruption.

This satellite image detected concentric ripples in Earth’s mesosphere, atmospheric gravity waves caused by the shock of the eruption.


The effect of the recent activity has taken its toll in the region: thousands of people were evacuated, and flights in the area have either been cancelled or diverted.

Satellite imagery captured by NASA’s MODIS instrument aboard the Terra satellite show the volcanic ash moving northwest, reaching the Pacific Ocean.

This infrared image shows the plume from the Calbuco Volcano which began to erupt April 22.

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And the eruption isn’t over yet: the National Mining and Geology Service, Sernageomin, said that more eruptions are likely, though perhaps not of the same intensity.

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