Eruption of Bristol Island volcano in the South Sandwich Islands, Antarctica after 60 years of inactivity

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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!

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Strong thermal signal and column of ash and gas coming out of the Bristol Island volcano on April 24, 2016. Via LANDSAT 8/USGS

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:

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New LANDSAT 8 images show similar activity on May 1, 2016. Via LANDSAT 8/USGS

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.

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Intense eruptive activity of Bristol Island volcano on May 3, 2016. via MODIS / NASA-Suomi-NPP

Possible activité éruptive sur le volcan Bristol Island (Sandiwch du sud) (Màj)

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