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Chikurachki volcano (Paramushir Island, Kurile Islands, Russia): new series of explosive eruptions

Fri, 24 Jun 2022, 15:03
15:03 PM | BY: T
Ash eruption from Chikurachki volcano yesterday 23 June 2022 (image:  D. Bobyrev / KVERT)
Ash eruption from Chikurachki volcano yesterday 23 June 2022 (image: D. Bobyrev / KVERT)
A series of new explosive eruptions began at the volcano yesterday, the Kamchatka Volcanic Eruption Response Team (KVERT) and the Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) in Tokyo reported.
Explosions sent ash plumes to 5500 m altitude that drifted towards the northeast. KVERT increased the alert status of the volcano from "yellow" to "orange" and warns that larger eruptions could occur any time. The area near the volcano is uninhabited which is why the eruption poses little to no risk to people on ground.
Chikurachki is one of several active stratovolcanoes on Paramushir, the northernmost and largest of the central and northern Kuriles, and the only one with a larger permanent settlement, the town of Severo-Kurilsk.

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Satellite image of Chikurachki volcano by (c) Google Earth View
Satellite image of Chikurachki volcano by (c) Google Earth View
Chikurachki volcano
stratovolcano 1816 m / 5,958 ft
Paramushir Island (Kuril Islands), 50.33°N / 155.46°E
Current status: minor activity or eruption warning (3 out of 5) Chikurachki volcano eruptions:
2022, 2016, 2015, 2008, 2007, 2005, 2003, 2002, 1986, 1973, 1964, 1961, 1958, 1853-59
Typical eruption style
strombolian & effusive
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