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Help from above: NASA aids Kilauea disaster response
21 May 2018
On 03 May, the Kilauea volcano on Hawaii's Big Island erupted from new fissures and sent lava flowing over streets and neighbourhoods. As the disaster response on the ground lead by the U.S. Geological Survey kicked into gear, managers from NASA's Earth Science Disasters Program heard from response agencies and sent out a call to NASA's own researchers, data managers, and satellite teams: What can we do to help?
With an array of sophisticated Earth-observing sensors in orbit and partnerships with space agencies around the globe, NASA had a lot of assets to offer.
Image credit: NASA/METI/AIST/Japan Space Systems, U.S./Japan ASTER Science Team - Sulfur dioxide plumes are shown in yellow and green. The image was extracted from data provided by the ASTER instrument on NASA's Terra spacecraft.