The Indonesian volcano Anak Krakatau (In the Indonesian language “Child of Krakatoa”) activity is not uncommon. The eruptions have taken place occasionally in recent years. And before that, it was the scene of the infamous and fatal 1883 volcanic eruption. But it is rather strange that the satellites get cloud-free views of the “Child of Krakatoa,” as it happened this month.
Child of Krakatoa presented activity and recorded a new volcanic eruption, NASA satellites captured
The MODIS sensor on NASA’s Aqua satellite took a broad (top) look on Anak Krakatau (Child of Krakatoa) on September 24th. The multispectral instrument (MSI) in the Sentinel-2 of the European Space Agency captured second detailed imagery on September 22nd. Both pics reveal volcanic ash and gas ejections were flowing southwest through the waters of the Sunda Strait.
Some local reports indicate that this volcanic eruption has been in progress since June 19th, 2018. It has been noticed that ash plumes elevate to heights of up to 1.8 kilometers (6,000 feet). As of September 24th, the volcanic eruption had not yet disrupted air travel in Southeast Asia, as reported in the press. Indonesian officials triggered only the “precaution” emergency state.
The International Space Station astronaut Alexander Gerst also captured the volcanic eruption
The ash and gases were also visible from the International Space Station, from the Earth’s orbit. European Space Agency (ESA) spaceman Alexander Gerst captured the first pic of the Child of Krakatoa’s volcanic eruption on September 24th. The ISS astronaut also posted more images on Flickr and Instagram.
Additionally, satellite images from NASA’s Earth Observatory, taken by Joshua Stevens, using MODIS data from NASA EOSDIS / LANCE and GIBS / Worldview and revised with the data from Copernicus Sentinel (2018) were processed by the European Space Agency.
Alex Gerst, the ISS astronaut, snapped the image presented below.