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Ashfall from Shiveluch Volcano, Kamchatka
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The Shiveluch (sometimes spelled Sheveluch) Volcano is the most active of the arc of volcanoes that dot northeast Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula. Lava domes build and collapse fairly regularly in the caldera, sending cascades of ash and debris down the slopes. In the first week of March several large ash eruptions occurred at Shiveluch. Between March 8 and March 10, ash eruptions reached altitudes of 6.1–6.4 kilometers (20,000-21,000 feet) above sea level, and the clouds of ash drifted southeast. When the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite captured this image on March 11, the ash trail was still visible on the snowy landscape.
The high-resolution image provided above is at MODIS’ full spatial resolution (level of detail) of 250 meters per pixel. The MODIS Rapid Response System provides this image at additional resolutions.
When the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite captured this image of Shiveluch Volcano on March 11, an ash trail was visible on the snowy landscape of the Kamchatka Peninsula.