Bezymianny Volcano
natural-color
acquired March 9, 2012 download large natural-color image (737 KB, JPEG, 2000x1600)
acquired March 9, 2012 download natural-color GeoTIFF file (5 MB, TIFF)
Bezymianny Volcano
false-color
acquired March 9, 2012 download large false-color image (1021 KB, JPEG, 2000x1600)
acquired March 9, 2012 download false-color GeoTIFF file (6 MB, TIFF)
acquired March 9, 2012 download Google Earth file (KMZ)

Bezymianny Volcano erupted on March 9, 2012, at 11:27 a.m. Kamchatka Time, according the the Kamchatkan Volcanic Eruption Response Team (KVERT). The eruption followed several days of increased seismic activity and elevated temperatures at the volcano’s summit.

The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on the Terra satellite captured this natural-color image (above, top) about an hour and a half later. A pale ash plume extends east of Bezymianny. The plume is easier to see in the false-color image (above, lower), which is a combination of shortwave infrared, infrared, and red light. In the false-color image snow is cyan, vegetation is bright green, and clouds are white. The orange dot on Bezymianny Volcano is hot volcanic material.

  1. Reference

  2. KVERT. (2012, March 9). VONA/Kamchatkan and Northern Kuriles Volcanic Activity. Accessed March 12, 2012.

NASA image courtesy Jeff Schmaltz LANCE/EOSDIS MODIS Rapid Response Team, GSFC. Caption by Robert Simmon.

Instrument(s): 
Terra - MODIS

Bezymianny Volcano

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