Shiveluch in Kamchatka in an undated photo.

Just a quick note, but I got this email overnight regarding the status of KVERT, the Kamchatka-Kuril Island volcano monitoring body in Russia.

Scientists of KVERT Project return to the full KVERT operations (the
information ensuring of air services for the results of daily analysis
and evaluation of activity of Kamchatka and Northern Kuriles
volcanoes) and will discharge these obligations for 01 February – 30
April 2010.

So, after losing their funding, it has some back until the end of April (based on how I read this). Russian politics as usual? A window to get real funding in place? Who knows, but at least for the time being, KVERT is up and running again.

{Hat tip to Eruptions reader Tsunami for also bringing this to my attention.}


  1. #1 Passerby
    February 5, 2010

    It’s a temporary window for the Federation authorities to shuffle priorities, negotiate and hopefully secure long-term operation of instrument monitoring… with help from ‘friends’ abroad who are also direct beneficiaries of KVERT/SVERT reports and studies.

  2. #2 Chance Metz
    February 5, 2010

    Noww if they will just gvie them full funding and permently as wel.. No more of thsi every couple opf years taking their funding away and playing gmaes when airtraffic and lives are at risk.

  3. #3 mots
    February 7, 2010

    So how many Russian flyways are impacted by KVert/Svert?
    i suspect we(USA) are the main benefactors…….
    And weather systems send us their ash; right down the western coast of America.
    i suspect we need to suport the Russians.
    i suspect there aren’t enough educated political
    people to even start this. We run into enough
    problems convincing our people to support volcanic
    monitoring. Recent government officials tried to cut
    funding. And i suspect with money getting tighter;
    less people will see the wisdom of backing vocanic

  4. #4 Chance Metz
    February 7, 2010

    And because they do not have to worry about volcanic ash where they live. That does not make it right though to say it is not worth it when they do not know how danerous ash is and how importnat it is to mointor volcanoes. They need to get educated on the subject before they have the right to decide what to and what not to fund.

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