NASA's Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) has returned three-dimensional images to Earth of the erupting volcano Mount Oyama on Miyake-Jima island, 180km (110 miles) south of Tokyo.


The 2,700ft (820m)-high volcano began erupting earlier this month, resulting in the island's evacuation. Detailed topographic information provided by the SRTM is being used to predict the directions of the lava flows.

The SRTM, launched in February, is a co-operative project between NASA, the US Department of Defense's National Imagery and Mapping Agency, and the German and Italian space agencies.

Source: Flight International