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Lava and Snow on Klyuchevskaya Volcano
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Klyuchevskaya Volcano continues to erupt. A thin, translucent plume of ash and steam stretched above the snow-covered Kamchatka Peninsula roughly 90 kilometers (60 miles) north-northeast of the volcano on April 7, 2010. The Tokyo Volcanic Ash Advisory Center reported a plume at 17,000 feet (5,200 meters), less than 1,200 feet (370 meters) above the 15,863-foot (4,835-meter) summit. Shiveluch Volcano, also active but showing no signs of life save for pale brown ash deposits on the lower slopes, is to the northeast of Klyuchevskaya.
This natural-color satellite image was collected by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard Terra on April 7, 2010.