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Odds and Ends: Kamchatkan Volcanoes

February 28th, 2011 by Robert Simmon

Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula is perhaps the most volcanically active spot on the planet. Last week’s Global Volcanism Program weekly report (for February 16–22, 2011) listed three Kamchatkan volcanoes currently in eruption—Karymsky, Kizimen, and Shiveluch—and two others—Bezymianny and Klyuchevskaya—were mentioned earlier in February. In one overpass a NASA satellite captured four of these volcanoes in one narrow overpass, only 60 kilometers wide and 300 kilometers long. All of them exhibit plumes. I zoomed in on the most spectacular—Kizimen and Shiveluch—for our Natural Hazards section, but I’d like to share Klyuchevskaya (below) and the entire image—all 9,822 by 20,729 pixels of it (13 MB JPEG).

NASA Earth Observatory image by Robert Simmon, using data from the NASA/GSFC/METI/ERSDAC/JAROS, and U.S./Japan ASTER Science Team.

4 Responses to “Odds and Ends: Kamchatkan Volcanoes”

  1. Robert Simmon says:

    Corey: Good point, I thought I had fixed that. The link works now.

  2. Cristina Rzepka says:

    The link to the high resolution picture does not work.

  3. Robert Simmon says:


    It’s a very large file. You may not have enough memory to display it in your browser, try right-clicking to download it, and then view the image in another application.