Monday, 2 May 2016

Eruption on Bristol Island!

The Landsat 8 satellite images from the 24th April and 1st May 2016 show that an eruption is occurring on the Mount Sourabaya Volcano on Bristol Island. Incandescence is clearly present in the crater area on Mount Sourabaya. A strong whitish plume originating from the crater shows up on the image from 24th April but in the image from 1st May, the whitish plume had diminished but is still present.

In my view, I am convinced that this is an eruption and is of strombolian style. Incandescence in the crater looks fairly intensive. I estimate the eruption to have begun around 19-23 April but could be possible to have started earlier. The last recorded eruption on Bristol Island came in 1956 in an area between Turmoil Point and Mount Sourabaya.

What shows a likely strombolian activity on Mount Sourabaya. SOURCE: Landsat 8/USGS/NASA.

Activity continues as of 1st May 2016. SOURCE: Landsat 8/USGS/NASA.


  1. Yup! Looks like an eruption to me!

  2. There are only a year to prepare for the violent eruption of a volcano Scientists believe that the estimated period is sufficient for people to take refuge in the safest places possible.