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Chirinkotan volcano
stratovolcano 724 m / 2,375 ft
Northern Kuriles, Russia, 48.98°N / 153.48°E
Current status: normal or dormant (1 out of 5)| Reports
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Chirinkotan volcano eruptions:
2017, 2016, 2013-15, 2004, 1986, 1979-80, 1955?, 1900, 1884, 1760 (?)
Typical eruption style:
explosive
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Chirinkotan volcano news & activity updates:

Chirinkotan volcano (Kurile Islands): possible large explosion, ash plume to Flight Level 300 (10 km altitude) reported

Monday Nov 28, 2016 16:49 PM | BY: T

Spot corresponding to the ash plume on fresh Himawari 8 satellite image
Spot corresponding to the ash plume on fresh Himawari 8 satellite image
A large explosion seems to have occurred a few hours ago at the volcano. A possible ash plume penetrating a thick deck of clouds was spotted by VAAC Tokyo on Himawari-8 satellite data.
If the data interpretation is correct, an explosive eruption has occurred that produced a plume of approx. 10 km altitude which is drifting north.
The remote volcano forming the uninhabited island of the same name is one of the most active of the Kurile Chain. It has often had relatively large explosive eruptions which pose a threat to air traffic on the busy N-America E-Asia routes. It is not monitored other than by satellite imagery.
Previous news
Satellite image of Chirinkotan volcano on 28 Nov 2016
Monday, Nov 28, 2016
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Tokyo (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]
Tuesday, Jul 28, 2015
Ash emissions were recorded on satellite imagery on 26 July, producing a plume that rose to 15,000 ft (4.5 km) altitude and drifted NW. During yesterday and today, the plume dissipated and no new emissions were detected (VAAC Tokyo). [more]
Wednesday, Jul 22, 2015
Ash emissions from small explosions at the volcano were detected on satellite imagery last Monday (20 July). The ash plumes rose to estimated 12,000 ft (4 km) altitude and drifted SE. [more]
Friday, Apr 03, 2015
A thermal anomaly at the volcano remains visible on cloud-free satellite images. [more]
Thursday, Mar 26, 2015
SVERT reported that during 19-21 March a thermal anomaly over Chirinkotan was detected in satellite images. The Aviation Color Code was raised to Yellow on 20 March. [more]

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