Eruptions


Shiveluch volano in Russia.

Just like last summer seemed like a busy time for the Aleutians (Cleveland, Okmok and Kasatochi), this summer could be dubbed the “summer of Kamchatka-Kurils” (alright, it isn’t that catchy, sorry). The biggest news was/is, of course, the sizeable eruption from Sarychev Peak in the Kuril Islands, but not to be outdone, Shiveluch on the Kamchatka Peninsula has starting playing catchup.

KVERT is reporting that Shiveluch produced a 7 km / 23,000 foot ash column on Monday, with increased seismicity to go along with the explosions. These explosions are generating the ash column, along with avalanches (like dome collapse pyroclastic flows). This is at least the second time in June that Shiveluch has had a large eruption. All of the activity is part of the current dome growth sequence at Shiveluch (similar to what is going on at Redoubt) and KVERT warns “Ash explosions >10 km (>32,800 ft) ASL could occur at any time”, which seems to nail this current eruption. The area near this northernmost Kamchatkan volcano is sparsely populated so likely the ash column could only snarl air traffic heading over the region. Hopefully by this time next year, we will have a live webcam view of this type of activity at Shiveluch!

Comments

  1. #1 Stefan, stromboli.org
    June 29, 2009

    There is already a webcam pointed on Shiveluch: http://data.emsd.iks.ru/videosvl/videosvl.htm
    However, the view is not so great and pretty hidden by trees.

    FYI: Some more volcano cams can be found on my website under http://www.stromboli.org/livecam.php

  2. #2 MadScientist
    June 30, 2009

    Noooooo! I want to visit the Kamchatka peninsula! Not fair – I haven’t got my toys together yet so I have no excuse to go. :(

  3. #3 Stefan, stromboli.org
    July 3, 2009

    Tried to post that before but got blocked.
    There is already a webcam pointing on Shiveluch: http://data.emsd.iks.ru/videosvl/videosvl.htm
    However, the view is not that great. Hopefully the new one will be better.

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