In early April 2007, the Chikurachki Volcano on Paramushir Island, off Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula, released a plume of volcanic ash. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite took this picture on April 5. This image shows the volcano sending a dark plume of volcanic ash northward over the Sea of Okhotsk. Some volcanic ash has also stained the snowy white surface of the island.
Chikurachki Volcano is a stratovolcano composed of alternating layers of hardened lava, ash, and volcanic rocks. It is a fairly small volcano, but because it sits atop a high volcanic edifice constructed during the Pleistocene epoch, it is the highest volcano on Paramushir Island.
NASA image created by Jesse Allen, using data provided courtesy of the MODIS Rapid Response team.
- Aqua - MODIS