Raikoke volcano violently erupts • Earth.com

Last update: December 13th, 2019 at 8:00 am

Today’s Image of the Day from the European Space Agency shows a massive volcanic ash plume drifting through the clouds over the northwest Pacific Ocean after a powerful eruption.

Raikoke is an uninhabited volcanic island near the center of the Kuril Islands chain. A sudden eruption on June 21 marks the first time the volcano was active in nearly 100 years.

According to the Volcanic Ash Advisories Center (VAAC) Tokyo, the thick ash plumes rose to approximately 43,000 feet above sea level.

This image was captured on June 22, 2019 by the Copernicus mission.

By Chrissy Sexton, Earth.com Staff Writer

Image Credit: European Space Agency

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