Today’s Image of the Day from NASA Earth Observatory features the Bezymianny volcano, which is located in Kamchatka, Russia. After weeks of small-scale explosions, the stratovolcano experienced a strong explosion on April 7, 2023. According to NASA, the eruption sent volcanic materials as high as 12 kilometers into the sky.
Bezymianny was not the only volcano that erupted recently on the far eastern Russian peninsula. Shiveluch, the northernmost active volcano in Kamchatka, erupted three days later on April 10. This explosion was even bigger, releasing a plume of ash and gas up to 20 kilometers high.
“Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula is home to one of the most concentrated groups of active volcanoes in the world, so it is no surprise that volcanologists observe new minor explosions, fumaroles, and hot avalanches at one of the peninsula’s 29 active volcanoes virtually every day,” says NASA.
“Far less common is for the Kamchatka Volcanic Eruption Response Team (KVERT) to report on two major explosive eruptions that blast volcanic material clear into the stratosphere within the same week.”
Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory
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