Erupting Kamchatka Volcanoes
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Erupting Kamchatka Volcanoes

July 28, 2012
Several volcanoes on Kamchatka, one of the most volcanically active areas in the world, were showing signs of activity on in mid-July, 2012. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard NASA’s Aqua satellite captured this true-color image on July 13, 2012.

Four volcanoes are shown in this image. Near the top, the tan cone of Shiveluch stands out against the summer-green vegetation, with the top covered by a mix of cloud and volcanic plume. The Kamchatka Volcanic ERT reported continued seismic activity at this volcano on July 13, as well as emission of a steam-gas plume.

To the south, near the center of the image, lies a pair of steaming volcanoes. Klyuchevskaya is the northernmost one, and the southern is Bezymianny. The pair is shrouded in clouds, so it is impossible to tell from this image the origin of the cloud of gas and steam. The southernmost volcano in this image in Kizimen. A plume of gas and steam rises from Kizimen and is blown to the southeast.

Credits: Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Land Rapid Response Team, NASA GSFC

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