Imagery from the Nabro Volcano eruption in Africa

10 days ago, the Nabro volcano in the northeast African nation of Eritrea erupted for the first time in recorded history following a series of earthquakes. The ash has since spread more than 60km over the Ethiopian border and the volcano has emitted the highest levels for sulfer dioxide gas ever detected from space.


NASA has been publishing a small stream of images from the volcano, including some stunning shots such as the one seen above. Even better, they happened to capture a photo of Nabro back in January of this year, providing a crystal clear shot of the volcano prior to the eruption.

You can view that image on NASA’s site, or in Google Earth using this KML file.
The volcano has caused some minor disruption to air travel, but nothing on the scale of Eyjafjallajokull eruption in Iceland last year. Even better, the level of ash coming out of the volcano has begun to diminish, as has the level of seismic activity in the region.
Be sure to check out the full gallery of images on the NASA Earth Observatory site to see all of the amazing imagery that they’ve captured so far.

About Mickey Mellen

Mickey has been using Google Earth since it was released in 2005, and has created a variety of geo-related sites including Google Earth Hacks. He runs a web design firm in Marietta, GA, where he lives with his wife and two kids.


  1. I don’t think this road was a mud road on 2005

  2. “If there was no google we could not experience of looking at the volcano’s eruption. Thanks google, that’s why your still number 1.
    Hernando from repasser une chemise ”

  3. Also according to google earth, the house is no longer than 40 feet across. That’s not a mansion.

  4. Let them damn company move over there and cut their aid. Damn this is just sickening to no end.

  5. he says 2021 the same year his compound was built. Does anyone know what this is or means?

  6. JAMES HEWICK says:

    I like your points; I recently joined as a newspaper correspondent & want to write an article on Charles Wang . This is the summary of him; he started his career at early age, now he is the co-founder of Computer Associates International, Inc. (later renamed to CA, Inc., then CA Technologies) and owner of the New York Islanders ice hockey team and their AHL affiliates, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. He also donated over $50 million dollars to the State University of New York at Stony Brook for the construction of the Charles B. Wang Center. Is there anting else I am missing?

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