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Chikurachki volcano (Kurile Islands, Russia): new eruption

Thu, 31 Mar 2016, 06:58
06:58 AM | BY: T
Ash plume from Chikurachki volcano on 30 Mar 2016 (Terra satellite / NASA)
Ash plume from Chikurachki volcano on 30 Mar 2016 (Terra satellite / NASA)
A new eruption is occurring from the remote volcano on Paramushir Island immediately to the south of the Kamchatka peninsula.
Since 29 March, ash emissions have been seen on satellite images. The ash plume increased yesterday, reaching altitudes of 3-4 km (9-12,000 ft) and extending up to 150-200 km into south- and southwesterly directions.
KVERT raised the Aviation Color code to orange (as many trans-Pacific flight routes pass nearby) and warns that "ash explosions up to 32,800 ft (10 km) a.s.l. could occur at any time. Ongoing activity could affect international and low-flying aircraft."

Previous news

Wed, 30 Mar 2016, 06:00

Chikurachki volcano (Paramushir Island, Russia) - Smithsonian / USGS Weekly Volcanic Activity Report for 30 March-5 April 2016 (New Activity / Unrest)

KVERT reported that a strong explosive eruption at Chikurachki during 29-31 March generated ash plumes that rose to a maximum altitude of 4 km (13,100 ft) a.s.l. and drifted 570 km NE, S, and SW. The volcano was quiet afterwards; the Aviation Color Code was lowered to Yellow on 2 April, and then to Green on 5 April. ... Read all
Wed, 23 Mar 2016, 06:00

Chikurachki volcano (Paramushir Island, Russia) - Smithsonian / USGS Weekly Volcanic Activity Report for 23 March-29 March 2016 (New Activity / Unrest)

KVERT reported that at 1259 on 29 March an ash plume from Chikurachki was observed in satellite images rising to an altitude of 3 km (10,000 ft) a.s.l. and drifting about 50 km NE. The Aviation Color Code was raised to Orange. ... Read all
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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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