February 17, 2012 – Remote South Pacific Volcano Comes Back to Life: Tinakula is a small volcanic island in the South Pacific that has been caught doing some huffing and puffing this week by NASA satellites.
Tinakula is a 2-mile-wide (3.5-kilometer) island that lies 1,400 miles (2,300 km) northwest of Brisbane, Australia. The island, which rises to a height of 2,792 feet (851 meters), is actually just the tip of a large volcano that rises some 2 to 2.5 miles (3 to 4 km) from the ocean floor. That is 10,560 to 13,200 feet; so it may look small but packs a big punch. In the middle image, taken by NASA’s Earth Observing-1 (EO-1) satellite, a plume of volcanic gas, possibly mixed with a little ash, can be seen rising above the volcano’s summit.
Here is a map of the major volcanoes of the Solomon Islands from the USGS:
This region in the South Pacific is a highly volatile area, in terms of volcanoes and earthquakes. (Credits: NASA, USGS)
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