Eruption of Italy’s Stromboli volcano spotted from space

Europe’s Copernicus Earth-observing mission Sentinel-2 captured a striking image of Italy’s Stromboli volcano less than five hours after it erupted early on Oct. 9. 

The image, processed in true colors, shows lava pouring into the sea and huge plumes of smoke and ash rising above the volcano. The eruption caused the partial collapse of the volcano’s crater terrace, according to a statement (opens in new tab) from the European Space Agency (ESA), and prompted the Italian civil protection authorities to raise an orange alert due to the persisting “situation of enhanced volcano imbalance.”

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