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Hawaii volcano: Stunning new satellite photos offer a look at the lava flows changing paths

The Copernicus Sentinel-2 satellite captured the changing paths that the bright-orange lava rivers, before entering the Pacific Ocean. During the European Space Agency mainly provides the information for the agriculture and forestry, the images of disasters such as volcanic eruptions can be used to help assess the damage.

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The story of Hawaii’s recent volcanic eruptions continues to change, just as the fiery lava flows, and new images from space tell the last chapter.

Two satellites and a camera-wielding astronaut caught powerful top view of the active Kilauea volcano on Hawaii’s Big Island. Photos taken from the end of May to Sunday (10 June) show molten material is churning out volcanic crevices on a voyage to the Pacific Ocean on the southeastern corner of the island. Volcanic smog, known as vog, rising in the air.

The devastation left in the volcanoes woke up and felt in the time-lapse footage released by the officials at the European space agency (ESA) on 8 June. The ESA Copernicus Sentinel-2 satellite captured the changing paths that the bright-orange lava rivers, before entering the Pacific Ocean. Different paths are clearly visible in the view of the May 23 and June 8 photos one after the other. [Photos: Hawaii Kilauea Volcano Eruption Seen from Space]

In a related picture caption, ESA officials shared that the lava flows have destroyed about 600 homes, the call of the currents ” quick property destruction unprecedented.

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“While the Sentinel-2 mission provides information for the agriculture and forestry sector and to map changes in land use, the images of disasters such as volcanic eruptions can be used to help assess the damage,” ESA officials mentioned.

A different view came on 3 June, when the Worldview-3 satellite from the space imagery company DigitalGlobe caught the destruction as active lava flows approached Kapoho Bay. DigitalGlobe released the color, the near-infrared and shortwave infrared resolution images via tweet the next day, 4 June. [Photos: Fiery Lava from the Kilauea Volcano Erupts on Hawaii’s Big Island]

And on Sunday (10 June), NASA astronaut and Expedition 56 Cmdr. Drew Feustel tweeted a picture of the vog from the coast of the island and at other points along the lava’s path. “Expedition 56 is thinking of Hawaii as the dynamic Earth continues to evolve,” Feustel shared in the Twitter message.

Visit our sister site Live Science for updates on Hawaii’s volcanic activity. Island residents can sign up for the alerts from the Province of Hawaii here.

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