On May 3, 2016, Bristol Island volcano in the South Sandwich Islands, Antarctica started a new eruptive phase after 60 years of inactivity.
And the list of erupting volcanoes continues to grow!
Bristol Island is an 8 km (5-mile) long island lying in the South Sandwich Islands and is composed of several active volcanoes with eruptions reported in 1823, 1935, 1936, 1950, 1956… and now 2016.
Data collected by the Landsat satellite 8 indicates that since late April, Bristol Island, whose last known eruption was to 1956, started erupting:
Finally, the thermal infrared radiation image by satellite Suomi-NPP shows rather intense signal – strong enough to be seen through a small cloud layer, confirming the eruptive state of the volcano.