Exclusive: Satellite images captured moments before and after the Mt. Sinabung eruption on August 10, 2020.
Multiple Recent Eruptions
On August 10, 2020, at 10:16 AM local time, Mt. Sinabung erupted, spewing volcanic ash as high as 5 kilometers into the sky. The volcano erupted again just one hour later at 11:17 AM. This volcano has been active for over ten years and most recently erupted on August 8, 2020, and May 7, 2019.
A time-lapse of weather satellite Himawari-8 was able to capture the massive thick black smoke rising from the volcano into the sky on August 10, 2020, at 10:16 AM as Mt. Sinabung erupted.
Two satellites were in range during the time of the Mt. Sinabung eruption on August 10, 2020. One image was captured at 10:05 AM and another image was captured at 10:30 AM.
The eruption was the third since August 8, 2020, with the volcano exploding a 5-kilometer high column of black smoke and ash into the air at 10:16 AM and followed by another explosion that shoots again a thick column of as 2 kilometers into the air.
The ash from the explosion covered almost three districts surrounding the volcano, turning the sky dark and damaging agriculture and property due to ashfall. Accumulated ash fell up to 5 centimeters recorded by nearby villages on the side slopes of the volcano.
Indonesia is part of a massive horseshoe-shaped ring known as the Ring of Fire, encircling the Pacific Basin. It’s known for its frequent seismic activity and volcanoes. ProImagery last reported the eruption of Mt Merapi on June 21, 2020.
Mt. Sinabung erupted multiple times on August 10, 2020, and will likely continue periodic eruptions due to its location within the Ring of Fire. Proimagery regularly monitors for volcano eruptions in the area and will continue to report.