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These new photos show what a volcanic eruption looks like from space

(Image: NASA) (Image: NASA)
PUNA, BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Ever wondered what a volcanic eruption looked like from space?

NASA just released new satellite images that show the recent fissure eruptions along Kilauea’s east rift zone.

In the first photo from NASA’s Terra satellite, the yellow markings indicate the newly formed fissures and lava flow as of May 6. Meanwhile, the red areas indicate vegetation on the Big Island, while the black and gray areas are old lava flows.

The second photo shared by NASA shows the sulfur dioxide gas from the eruptions. The gas is portrayed by the yellow and green streaks.

Officials are warning residents, specifically in the Leilani Estates area, about dangerously high levels of sulfur dioxide gas. 

As of Tuesday, there were at least 12 fissures that formed since the first eruption on Thursday. Since then, the Big Island has been jolted by hundreds of earthquakes, including a 6.9-magnitude temblor that shook a large region of the island on Friday.  

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