Volcano Gaoua produces a vapor cloud

June 22, 2013. Just only 20 kilometers in diameter, the island Gaoua actually represents the upper cone and the top of the stratovolcano with a total length of about 3000 meters, and the total diameter is 40 km. Its main part is submerged under the waters of the Pacific Ocean.

Also known as the island of Santa Maria (Santa Maria Island), Gaoua is part of the Vanuatu archipelago, a group of volcanic islands in the South Pacific Ocean, which is the territory of the Republic of Vanuatu.

According to the Global Volcanism Program of the Smithsonian Institution (Smithsonian Institution Global Volcanism Program), the first report of the vapor cloud was received April 29, 2013. On the photo taken of the International Space Station astronaut, steam emissions were observed on May 31 this year.

Vapor cloud extends east-southeast from the likely source of the mountain Gharat, historically active cinder cone located along the southwestern flank of 6 to 9 kilometers.

Gaoua is one of several volcanoes being monitored Observatory Vanuatu aimed to identify dangerous geological processes.

The photo also visible blue-green waters of Lake Letas, formed in the caldera. Much of the island of Santa Maria covered in green vegetation in the west and south of Mount Gharat gray ash.

Source: Rage Of Nature

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