Strong paroxysmal explosive eruption at Bezymianny volcano, Russia

Strong paroxysmal explosive eruption at Bezymianny volcano, Russia

After several days of increased activity, a strong eruption took place at Russia’s Bezymianny volcano at around 04:30 UTC on October 18, 2023. As a result, the Kamchatka Volcanic Eruption Response Team (KVERT) increased the Aviation Color Code from Orange to Red.

Elevated volcanic activity at Russia’s Bezymianny volcano

Elevated volcanic activity at Russia’s Bezymianny volcano

Significant activity was reported at Russia’s Bezymianny volcano from 19:00 to 20:30 UTC on October 16, 2023. Large hot avalanches collapsed on the eastern slopes, and an ash plume reached a height of 3.5 km a.s.l. The Aviation Color Code was elevated from Yellow to Orange.

M6.1 earthquake hits Kuril Islands, Russia

M6.1 earthquake hits Kuril Islands, Russia

A strong earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.1 hit Kuril Islands, Russia at 20:49 UTC on September 1, 2023. The agency is reporting a depth of 141.2 km (87.7 miles). EMSC is reporting the same magnitude and depth.

Widespread floods hit Primorsky Krai, Russia

Widespread floods hit Primorsky Krai, Russia

Remnants of Tropical Cyclone “Khanun” dropped heavy rains over Primorsky Krai, Russia over the past couple of days causing widespread floods. Khanun made landfall in South Korea late August 9 (UTC) and continued moving north toward Russia.

Ash produced by major eruption at Sheveluch grounds flights in Alaska

Ash produced by major eruption at Sheveluch grounds flights in Alaska

Ash clouds produced by the major eruption of Russia’s Sheveluch volcano led to the cancellation of scores of flights in Alaska. The ash clouds drifted across the International Date Line into Alaska airspace, causing safety concerns for airlines over the next couple of days. As a precautionary measure, Alaska Airlines canceled 45 flights to and from Alaska and within the state. Other airlines also had to cancel or delay their flights.