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Bezymianny volcano (Kamchatka): strong explosion this morning, ash to 50,000 ft altitude

Wed, 20 Dec 2017, 11:21 11:21 AM | BY: T
Massive explosion at Bezymianny volcano this morning (KVERT webcam)
Massive explosion at Bezymianny volcano this morning (KVERT webcam)
A very large explosive eruption occurred at the volcano this morning (4am UTC, 4pm afternoon local time). An eruption column rose to estimated 50,000 ft (15 km, flight level 500) altitude and has been drifting northeast for about 85 km.
KVERT rose the alert level of the volcano to red, but later lowered it back to orange as the eruption, presumably a vulcanian event (caused by sudden released of overpressure in the conduit), seems to have been short-lived.
Strong steaming continues to be observed at the volcano and new explosions cannot be ruled out to occur with little to no warning.

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Wed, 20 Dec 2017, 06:00

Bezymianny volcano (Central Kamchatka, Russia) - Smithsonian / USGS Weekly Volcanic Activity Report for 20 December-26 December 2017 (New Activity / Unrest)

KVERT reported that ash plumes from the 20 December explosive eruption at Bezymianny rose as high as 15 km (49,200 ft) a.s.l. and drifted 320 km NE. A thermal anomaly over the volcano was identified in satellite images during 21-22 December. The Aviation Color Code remained at Orange. ... Read all
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Bezymianny volcano
stratovolcano 2882 m / 9,455 ft
Central Kamchatka Depression (Kamchatka), 55.98°N / 160.59°E
Current status: minor activity or eruption warning (3 out of 5) Bezymianny volcano eruptions:
2017-ongoing, 2016, 2012, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2000-05, 1998, 1997, 1996-97, 1994-95, 1993-94, 1992, 1991, 1990, 1989, 1986-88, 1986, 1985, 1984, 1981-83, 1980, 1980, 1979, 1979, 1978, 1977, 1976, 1971-74, 1965-70, 1964, 1964, 1963, 1962, 1961, 1961, 1961, 1960, 1959, 1958-59, 1958, 1958, 1957, 1955-57
Typical eruption style
Explosive

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