A few weeks ago, we reported on how ISS astronauts serendipitously photographed the eruption of Sarychev Peak as it was occurring, capturing pyroclastic flows as they sped down the mountain’s slopes. This week, NASA’s Earth Observatory released images taken by the ASTER satellite showing in graphic detail the resulting devastation of over half the island.


ISS astronauts capture Sarychev eruption

by Eric on June 26, 2009

I’ve animated the photos shot by the astronauts on board the ISS as they passed over the Sarychev Peak volcanic eruption. Even from 150 miles up, the photos reveal interesting volcanic eruption features.