Spot 4 satellite image
This picture, taken on 25 June by the Spot 4 satellite, designed by Airbus Defence and Space, shows the birth of a new crater on the Puyehue-Cordón Caulle volcanic complex in the Andes, 800 kilometres South of Santiago, Chile (© CNES 2011 – Distribution Airbus Defence and Space / Spot Image).
Puyehue-Cordón Caulle erupted on 4 June after lying dormant for over 50 years. The eruption spewed a plume of ash and smoke as high as 10 km.
The Spot 4 and Spot 5 optical observation satellites have been tasked to monitor the eruption of the volcano, particularly the orientation of the ash cloud.
The Spot satellites built by Airbus Defence and Space for the French Space Agency, CNES, have been observing the Earth in high resolution (from 20 to 2.5 metres) since 1986. Airbus Defence and Space’ GEO-Information Division markets the Spot data worldwide.