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Ash Cloud from Shiveluch Settles on Kamchatka

Ash Cloud from Shiveluch Settles on Kamchatka

Since January 2005, several of the volcanoes on the Kamchatka Peninsula in northeastern Russia have been erupting off and on, with ash clouds, and pyroclastic and lava flows. This image shows a large plume of emissions streaming from the Shiveluch Volcano on March 7, 2005. Against the snow-covered terrain, the ash appears light brown, while the shadows cast by the plume are blue. The dark areas surrounding the base of the volcano to the southwest may be meltwater or mud flows caused by the eruption. To the south, a long plume is blowing westward from the Klyuchevskaya Volcano, as well.

Image courtesy the MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA-Goddard Space Flight Center