Mt Sinabung pre explosion

An almost cloud-free satellite image over a calm Mt Sinabung in Karo North Sumatra, Indonesia captured July 11, 2020.

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. 

Before the Eruption

Mt Sinabung Pre-explosuon on August 10, 2020

After the Eruption

Mt. Sinabung Post Eruption

A pre and post eruption satellite image taken within the same day with just 25 minutes apart shows the state of the Volcano moments before it erupts and moments during its explosive eruption.

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 centimetres 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.