Raikoke Volcano on the Kuril Islands of Russia, south of the volcanically active Kamchatka Peninsula, erupted on June 22, 2019, for the first time since 1924.
The eruption was so powerful that it covered in ash the entire island on which it sits, killing all vegetation and endemic animals. Here some post-apocalyptic pictures of this terrifying ash landscape.
According to Marina Chibisova, a senior researcher at the laboratory of volcanology and volcanic danger at the Institute of Marine Geology and Geophysics of the Far East Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, the June 22’s eruption of Raikoke volcano killed everything on the island.
“The flora and fauna of the island, which recovered after the last eruption of Raikoke in 1924, has been destroyed by pyroclastic flows and ashfalls,” the agency’s interlocutor said.
Althought the main eruptive phase is over, there are still weak steam-gas emissions with a small ash content. However, the height of these explosions does not exceed 2km.
Further eruptions of Kaikoke aren’t expected in the near future. However, similar dangerous volcanic eruptions can also occur on the other islands of the Kuril ridge, which are of important economic and strategic importance for the region and the country.
There is however no tools to monitor their activity. This will be developped and installed on the different islands in the near future.
Raikkok has a height of 551 meters above sea level, the depth of the crater is 200 meters, the diameter of the crater is about 700 meters.
Raikoke Volcano on the Kuril Islands of Russia, south of the volcanically active Kamchatka Peninsula, erupted last weekend for the first time since 1924 and the images from space were out of this world.
A large plume of ash and volcanic gases shot up from the stratovolcano’s 2,300-foot-wide crater about 4 a.m. local time on Saturday, June 22, ending a dormant period that had been ongoing for the past 95 years.
I hope this ash landscape is not a sign of the times to come, as always more volcanoes are erupting around the world.