These astonishing aerial images captured by a NASA satellite reveal molten lava spewing from a Russian volcano that suddenly erupted after lying dormant for 36 years.
The Plosky Tolbachik volcano on Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula burst into activity on November 27, sending clouds of ash almost 10,000 feet into the air, and leading some experts to warn it could go on to unleash an eruption as powerful as that seen from Iceland’s Eyjafjallajokel in 2010, which caused more than a week of air traffic disruption.
Lava flows pouring from the mouth of the volcano – which appear like a river of fire in one infra-red image released by NASA – are reported to have destroyed two research camps and forced schools in nearby villages to close.
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The first aerial view, which shows the view of Tolbachik from NASA’s Earth Observing 1 satellite using infra-red, has an almost other-worldly quality thanks to the false colours used to highlight areas of different temperatures.
The bright red areas reflect the heat of the lava, while the green areas indicate the cooler swathes of the Kamchatka Peninsula.
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