October 05, 2004

Ooooooh, shiny!

And very indicative of the heat building under the Mt St Helens volcano — especially under the lava dome inside the crater formed by the major eruption in 1980. [The dome is center-right in the picture, just below the big blue blob.] The image below was taken last Thursday, the day before St Helens' first eruption in 18 years.

Infrared pic of Mt St Helens [Photo: NASA/MODIS]

NASA will be posting more infrared images of the volcano here and here.

You can view almost-realtime pictures of the volcano's activity at the webcam that the Mt St Helens National Volcanic Monument has pointed at the mountain. The pictures of this morning's ash and steam eruptions have been very interesting.

Posted by Magpie at October 5, 2004 10:48 AM | Shiny Things | Technorati links |