Geostationary Satellite Observations of the April 1979 Soufriere Eruptions

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Science  04 Jun 1982:
Vol. 216, Issue 4550, pp. 1108-1109
DOI: 10.1126/science.216.4550.1108


Infrared images from the geostationary satellite SMS-1 were used to study the growth of the eight major eruptions of Soufriere, St. Vincent, during April 1979. These eruptions differed considerably in growth and intensity, the most intense being that of 17 April which formed an ash cloud of 96,000 square kilometers in 4 hours. The weakest eruption formed a cloud of only 16,000 square kilometers.