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Vulcan's View: Eruption News and Volcanoes From Space for November 18, 2011

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Nyamuragira and Nyiragongo, Democratic Republic of the Congo

A lot of the usual suspects in this week's Global Volcanism Program Weekly Volcanic Activity Report, brought to us by the Smithsonian Institute and the USGS. However, that doesn't mean that there isn't a lot to discuss - and some bonuses along the way.

Two eruptions caught a lot of people's attention this week (and that doesn't include the on-again now off-again activity at El Hierro) - the first was the new fissure eruption at Nyamuragira in the Congo. Advertised as a tourist destination by the Congolese government (but not exactly in the friendliest of locations, the eruption was definitely impressive as the video of the event shows - plenty of fire fountains and lava flows. The NASA Earth Observatory image of the eruption clearly shows the new lava flow right next to an older lava flow from the same rift system on Nyamuragira. However, a wider shot of the area seen on November 12 by the EO-1 satellite also gets a glimpse at the persistent lava lake at Nyamuragira's neighbor, Nyiragongo (see above) - or check out this November 15 image that captures both volcanoes as well.

Image: False color ALI image of Nyamuragira and Nyiragongo as seen on November 12, 2011. Image courtesy of the NASA Earth Observatory.

Erik Klemetti is an assistant professor of Geosciences at Denison University. His passion in geology is volcanoes, and he has studied them all over the world. You can follow Erik on Twitter, where you'll get volcano news and the occasional baseball comment.
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