Violent eruption of Kamchatkan Kliuchevskoi volcano

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Kamchatkan Kliuchevskoi volcano continues to violently erupt with lava fountains from the summit and lava flows on the flank. Last evening, ash emissions again reached almost 8 – 9 km (30 000 ft) altitude. Current Aviation Color Code is RED – Eruption is underway with significant emission of ash into the atmosphere. 

KVERT monitors the situation closely and issues alerts every few hours. 

​​Explosive activity of Kliuchevskoi volcano at 03:56 UTC on October 19, 2013.

Videodata from camera by IVS FED RAS, KVERT and Weathernews Inc., Japan Date: 19/10/2013 Author(s): IVS FEB RAS, KVERT © Institute of Volcanology and Seismology FEB RAS, KVERT

Today's Terra MODIS image shows ash plume drifting south-east and east of the volcano.

​​Image credit: NASA Terra/Modis – October 19, 201333

In their latest notice, issued 03:50 UTC today, KVERT reports:

"Ash plume height decreased to 6.5 – 7 km (21 300 – 24 600 ft) a.s.l. but plume containing a big amount of ash extended about 1188 (736 miles) to the south-east and east of the volcano (satellite data at 01:35 UTC on October 19, 2013).

Explosive-effusive eruption of the volcano continues.

Ash explosions up to 10 km (32,800 ft) a.s.l. are possible. Ongoing activity could affect international and low-flying aircraft." – VONA/KVERT Information Release, October 19, 2013. KVERT, Institute of Volcanology and Seismology FEB RAS

Kliuchevskoi erutpion – October 18-19, 2013. Video credit: Volcano Discovery

Meanwhile, nearby Shiveluch has increased its activity too. Strong ash emissions of the volcano uninterruptedly continues and extend on the height about 3 – 3.5 km a.s.l. to the south of the volcano. Fresh lava is extruding at the lava dome uninterruptedly – a big and bright thermal anomaly is noting at the volcano by video data and satellite images. Aviation Color Code of Shiveluch is ORANGE.

Featured image: NASA Terra/Modis – October 19, 2013

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