Image of the Week - Volcán de Fuego, Guatemala

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Landsat 8 shows the effects after Volcan de Fuego erupted in Guatemala.

At the USGS EROS Center, we study land change, operate the Landsat satellites, and maintain the longest, continuously acquired collection of images of the Earth's land surface.

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Length: 00:00:55

Location Taken: GT


Volcán de Fuego, one of
three large volcanoes

that overlook Guatemala’s
former capital of Antigua,

erupted on
January 31, 2018. 

Landsat 8 acquired an
image of the eruption

a day later. A plume of
ash rises from the

mountain’s peak. Wind has
carried the ash 40 kilometers

to the west and southwest.

Volcán de Fuego has erupted
on and off for centuries.

Evidence can be seen in the
Landsat 7 image from

January 8. The spidery
streaks coming from the

volcano’s peak are previous
pyroclastic and lava flows.

and a puff of steam casts a
narrow shadow towards the

northwest. Landsat 8's
thermal sensor provides a

valuable for studying these
types of natural disasters.