In Pictures: Powerful eruption of Sheveluch volcano, Kamchatka, turns snow grey over wide area


The snow has turned grey around the Shevelush volcano in Kamchatka after its continuous and intense eruptive activity of the last 2 days.

After the eruption, Shiveluch ashes covered a huge territory. Maximum ashfall was measured 35 km from Klyuchi along the road to the Kura test site. via Volkstat

The KVERT momentarily changed the Sheveluch’s aviation code from orange to RED at 00:45 UTC on December 30, 2018 when a powerful eruption sent two plumes of ash high in the air.

The first plume rose up to 11 km asl drifting 35 km to the northeast. The second plume reached 7 km asl, drifting 244 km to the west-southwest of the volcano.

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The strong eruption on December 30, 2018 sent two plumes of ash and gas high in the sky. via Volkstat

About 6 hours later, at 6:14, the alert level was reduced to ORANGE, since the volcano ‘only’ emitted ash plumes reaching 5-6 km asl and drifting 245 km to the southwest then to the west.

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The Shevelush volcano is erupting continuously since 3 days now. via Volkstat
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Strong ashfall was reported up to 35km away from the volcano. via Volkstat

On January 1, 2019, the eruptive activity of the volcano continues. A strong gas-steam plume with some amount of ash on the height 4.5 km a.s.l. continues to drift to the south from the volcano. Ash explosions up to 32,800-49,200 ft (10-15 km) a.s.l. could occur at any time.

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The snow has turned grey around the volcano. via Volkstat
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Widespread ashfall was reported during a powerful eruption of the Sheveluch volcano in Kamchatka. via Volkstat

The ongoing volcanic activity of Sheveluch volcano could affect international and low-flying aircrafts.

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[Volkstat, Kvert]





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