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Simultaneous Kamchatka volcanic eruptions at the NASA Earth Observatory 19 February 2010

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Bezymianny (bottom) and Kliuchevskoi (top) erupting simultaneously, 13 February 2010 (NASA ASTER image)

The NASA Earth Observatory is currently showcasing a stunning image – two volcanoes erupting simultaneously on the far-eastern Russian peninsula of Kamchatka. The two are Bezmianny (bottom) and Kliuchevskoi (top). This false-colour image was captured by the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) on NASA’s Terra satellite on 13 February 2010.

Volcanoes erupt simultaneously on Kamchatka – NASA Earth Observatory, 18 February 2010

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Increased activity at Kliuchevskoi 6 October 2009

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Is restless Kliuchevskoi volcano in Kamchatka heading for a larger eruption? News reports from Russia indicate an increase in activity, although the recent bulletins page from the Kamchatkan Volcanic Eruption Response Team (KVERT) has yet to catch up. Both KVERT and AVO indicate the current alert level for Kliuchevskoi remains at Yellow.

Russian network CNews reports ‘bombs of many tonnes being thrown to a height of 70 metres’ and 124 seismic events being recorded over the past 24 hours, ‘with continuous spasmodic tremor’, while RIA-Novosti (in Russian) describes ‘Kliuchevskoi erupting hot magma to heights of 100 metres above the crater at 1.6 minute intervals’, and quotes a Russian volcanologist reporting the crater ‘filled with magma’ which will ‘begin to flow down the volcano’s slopes’. Pravda reports that the volcano is ‘continually shaking’ and erupting an ash plume to an altitude of ‘several kilometres’.

Tokyo VAAC currently has no volcanic ash advisories for Kliuchevskoi, but the volcano has great potential for disrupting aviation so if this eruption does increase in magnitude we can expect ash warnings and aircraft diversions.

[Thanks to A.S. for her translations from the Russian.]

News
Russian volcano’s eruptions intensifying – UPI, 5 October 2009
Eurasia tallest volcano spews hot magma to 100 meters – RIA-Novosti, 5 October 2009
Вулкан-исполин Ключевской на Камчатке извергает магму на сотню метров – RIA-Novosti, 4 October 2009
На Камчатке извергается вулкан Ключевской – CNews, 5 October 2009
На Камчатке активно извергается вулканPravda, 5 October 2009

Information
Global Volcanism Program: Kliuchevskoi – summary information for Kliuchevskoi (1000-26=)
Current Activity of Klyuchevskoy Volcano – KVERT information page for Kliuchevskoi (many images)
KVERT: information releases – current activity summary for Kamchatka volcanoes
Alaska Volcano Observatory – Activity – includes AVO reports on Kamchatka volcanoes
Kamchatkan Volcanic Eruption Response Team – KVERT information page from the AVO

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New webcams for Russian volcanoes 24 June 2009

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The Russian news agency RIA-Novosti reports that new cameras are to be installed to monitor Kliuchevskoi, Bezymianny and Shiveluch volcanoes in the north of the Kamchatka peninsula. Their images will be made available online. Apparently two new high-resolution cameras are to be installed that will update their images every minute (presumably one of the cameras will monitor both Kliuchevskoi and Bezymianny, which are near neighbours).

In a further illustration of the mass media’s firm belief that to illustrate a story about a volcano, a picture of any random volcano will do, the RIA-Novosti story features a photograph of Chaitén volcano in southern Chile.

News
Volcano eruptions in Russia’s Far East to be available online – RIA-Novosti, 24 June 2009

Information
Global Volcanism Program: Bezymianny – summary information for Bezymianny (1000-25=)
Global Volcanism Program: Kliuchevskoi – summary information for Kliuchevskoi (1000-26=)
Global Volcanism Program: Shiveluch – summary information for Shiveluch (1000-27=)

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Eruption at Kliuchevskoi, Kamchatka 17 October 2008

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Kliuchevskoi volcano

Russian news agency RIA Novosti reported yesterday that Kliuchevskoi, the tallest (4385m) and arguably the most beautiful of the Kamchatka volcanoes, has erupted. The most recent bulletin from the Kamchatkan Volcano Event Response Team (KVERT) characterizes the current eruption as ‘weak strombolian activity’, and warns that the activity may intensify – a point also made by Alexei Ozerov, the Russian scientist quoted in the Novosti report. Ozerov warns that increased luminescence at the summit indicates the emergence of fresh lava, and that lava flows could trigger lahars and pose a threat to surrounding villages. The possibility of erupted ash interfering with air traffic is also mentioned, although as there are no current volcanic ash advisories for Kliuchevskoi at either Tokyo or Anchorage VAACs it seems that there is no significant eruption cloud as yet.

Over the last month or so, fumarolic activity and elevated seismicity have indicated that a significant eruption was to be expected. Kliuchevskoi is one of the youngest and most active Kamchatkan volcanoes: the Smithsonian Institution Global Volcanism Program lists nine significant eruptions over the last decade.

[N.B. You'll also see this volcano called Klyuchevskoy. The cataloguers at the Global Volcanism Program call it Kliuchevskoi, and as with other volcanoes it's the GVP nomenclature that is used on this blog.]

News
Russia’s tallest volcano erupts in Far East – RIA Novosti, 16 October 2008
Klyuchevskoy’s new eruption – Eruptions, 16 October 2008

Information
Smithsonian Institution Global Volcanism Program – summary information for Kliuchevskoi (1000-26=)
Current Activity of Klyuchevskoy Volcano – KVERT information page for Kliuchevskoi (many images)
KVERT: information releases – current activity summary for Kamchatka volcanoes
Alaska Volcano Observatory – Activity – includes AVO reports on Kamchatka volcanoes
Kamchatkan Volcanic Eruption Response Team – KVERT information page from the AVO

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