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Shiveluch volcano
Stratovolcano 3283 m (10,771 ft)
Kamchatka, 56.65°N / 161.36°E
Current status: erupting (4 out of 5)
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Shiveluch volcano eruptions:
1739(?), 1800(?), 1854 (Plinian eruption), 1879-83, 1897-98, 1905, 1928-29, 1930, 1944-50, 1964 (sub-Plinian, large dome collapse and debris flow), 1980-81, 1984, 1985, 1986-88, 1988, 1989 1990-94, 1997, 1998, 1999, 1999-ongoing
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Highly explosive. Construction of lava domes and large pyroclastic flows caused by dome collapse. One of Kamchatka's largest and most active volcanoes.
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Shiveluch volcano (Kamchatka, Russia): continuing intense activity, frequent glowing avalanches

Tuesday Mar 05, 2019 07:21 AM | BY: T

Large glowing avalanche from Shiveluch on 4 March 2019 (image: David H. via KVERT webcam)
Large glowing avalanche from Shiveluch on 4 March 2019 (image: David H. via KVERT webcam)
View of Shiveluch this morning with dark traces left by pyroclastic flows extending into the devastation zone to the S and SE (image: KVERT webcam)
View of Shiveluch this morning with dark traces left by pyroclastic flows extending into the devastation zone to the S and SE (image: KVERT webcam)
The activity at the volcano remains elevated with no significant changes during the past weeks. Rate of effusion of viscous (sticky) lava into the growing dome must be high.
During night-time, even on webcams, sometimes large glowing avalanches can be seen. David H., avid follower of this activity and reader of our site, reported:
Watching Shiveluch I noticed just before sunrise, an extremely large lava avalanche had formed flowing down the lava dome face. Now there have been large ones but not like this one. It was huge. A short video can be found here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=rZr9PPDNN9A. I sure would enjoy going on the upcoming trip to Shiveluch.

On day-time images as the one from this morning (evening in Kamchatka), you can see the traces left by hot avalanches (pyroclastic flows) darkening the snow with their traces extending up to approx. 4 km in both south and southeast directions from the dome.
Previous news
Satellite image of Shiveluch volcano on  4 Mar 2019
Monday, Mar 04, 2019
Explosive activity continues. Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) Tokyo warned about a volcanic ash plume that rose up to estimated 17000 ft (5200 m) altitude or flight level 170 and is moving at 15 kts in SE direction. ... [more]
Satellite image of Shiveluch volcano on  2 Mar 2019
Saturday, Mar 02, 2019
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Tokyo (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]
Satellite image of Shiveluch volcano on  1 Mar 2019
Friday, Mar 01, 2019
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Tokyo (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]
Satellite image of Shiveluch volcano on 28 Feb 2019
Thursday, Feb 28, 2019
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Tokyo (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]
Thursday, Feb 28, 2019
Explosive activity continues. Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) Tokyo warned about a volcanic ash plume that rose up to estimated 13000 ft (4000 m) altitude or flight level 130 and is moving at 15 kts in E direction. ... [more]

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