Kurile Islands, July 2019: Raikoke volcano
During our pilot expedition to the northern Kuriles in July 2019, we managed to reach the very remote and isolated island of Raikoke, which had just had a major eruption 3 weeks earlier. The eruption had transformed a previously lush, completely green island full of life into a hellish ash desert:
After sailing more than 100 miles over night, we are suddenly accompanied by thousands of sea birds ... [info
We are approaching the island volcano Raikoke which has erupted with a devastating large explosion o... [info
Wide-angle view of the island (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info
Large ash deltas deposited from pyroclastic flows are blanketed over the slopes and shores. (Photo: ... [info
Strong winds pick up dust from the fresh ash deposits. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info
View of the ash delta (deposit of a pyroclastic flow, a hot avalanche that descended here during the... [info
Close-up of the contact between older rocks and the new deposit. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info
The crater of the volcano was still emitting lots of gas, making it very uncomfortable staying downw... [info
The thousands of birds circling over and around the island probably are confused and looking for the... [info
Hopefully, they can survive and find new places? (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info
The ambience is sinister, increased by the ash picked up with the winds. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info
After a while, wind continues to be strong and changing, so we had to abandon our plan to land and t... [info
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