16 Feb '12, 6pm

A small volcanic island is fuming in the South Pacific. Close-up view from our EO-1 satellite on Tuesday.

is a small, volcanic, South Pacific island located about 2,300 kilometers (1,400 miles) northwest of Brisbane, Australia. This natural-color satellite image (top) shows a plume of volcanic gas, possibly mixed with a little ash, rising above the island’s summit. On February 13th and 14th, 2012, NASA’s Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) detected heat signatures on Tinakula, and a small plume was apparent in visible imagery (lower image). Over the past decade satellites have detected intermittent “thermal anomalies” that suggest eruptions have taken place, but eyewitness observations are infrequent.

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