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Three Satellites See Eruption of Puyehue-Cordon Volcano from Space
by Rob Gutro
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Jun 07, 2011


This image of the eruption of the Puyehue-Cordon Caulle volcano (left center), Chile was captured by the GOES-13 Satellite on June 6 at 14:45 UTC (10:45 a.m. EDT). The plume is blowing northeast, then turns toward the southeast and over the Atlantic Ocean. Credit: NASA/NOAA GOES Project, Dennis Chesters. For a larger version of this image please go here.

NASA's Terra Satellite, the GOES-13 and GOES-11 satellites all captured images of the ash plume from southern Chile's Puyehue-Cordon Volcano this week. The volcano is located in Puyehue National Park in the Andes of Ranco Province of Chile.

The Terra satellite flew over the volcano on June 6 at 14:25 UTC (10:25 a.m. EDT). The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instrument captured a visible image of the eruption that showed the large ash plume blowing northeast, then to the southeast and over the Atlantic Ocean.

The ash plume went at least as high as six miles on June 4 when it erupted, according to CNN International. Some 3,500 people were evacuated.

The Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites called GOES-13 and GOES-11 also captured images of the volcano from a different vantage point in space that revealed the plume was visible from even farther away.

GOES-13 monitors the eastern U.S. and the Atlantic Ocean, while GOES-11 monitors the western U.S. and eastern Pacific Ocean. The GOES-11 satellite image, taken from the farthest vantage point of any of the satellites, still showed the triangular-shaped plume, even from its position over the western U.S., despite the large distance.

The GOES satellites are managed by NOAA, and imagery and animations are created with the GOES satellite data at NASA's GOES Project located at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md.

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