U.S. space agency scientists say they are watching the condition of the Eyjafjallajokull volcano in Iceland that was detected by satellites. NASA scientists said they are using the satellite artificial intelligence to speed up estimates of the heat & volume of lava escaping from the volcano. The volcano eruption began March 20.
Less than 24 hours after the satellites' 1st inspection, scientists said they were able to confirm the volcano was releasing more than 1 billion watts of energy & discharging more than 6 tons of lava per sec.
They said the rapid calculations of lava volume & location provided by new satellite "onboard autonomy" technology used to conclude the likely direction of lava flows, while giving emergency managers advance warning to plan & deploy resources & carry out evacuations.