Karymsky is one of the many active volcanoes on Russia’s Kamchatka Penninsula. On the afternoon of October 8, 2010, it sent a plume of gas and ash 2,700 meters (9,000 feet) high and about 90 kilometers (50 miles) downwind over the Kronotskiy Kroniv (Kronotsky Gulf). This natural-color satellite image was acquired by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard Aqua. The region’s white, snow-covered peaks stand out against the land surface, colored in the hues of autumn. The light gray volcanic plume extends almost directly east from the volcano’s summit.
NASA image by Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team. Caption by Robert Simmon.