The highest volcano of Eurasia, the Klyuchevskoy volcano, is currently erupting.
And during its eruptive phase that has started on April 10, the highest mountain on the Kamchatka Peninsula of Russia has even puffed a very rare and large volcanic smoke ring.
As reported by KVERT, the moderate explosive-effusive eruption of the Klyuchevskaya Sopka volcano continues.
Strombolian and sometimes Vulcanian types of volcanic activity are observed.
The smoke ring appears at 00:40 sec in this first video:
Lava is flowing on the southeastern flank of the volcano (the Apakhonchich chute), accompanied by phreatic bursts and collapse of loose slag material.
According to satellite data, ash plume is extending about 424km (263 miles) to the west of the volcano at an altitude of 5.500-6.000 meters (18040-19680 feet) a.s.l. Ongoing activity could affect low-flying aircraft.
Ash explosions up to 16,400-23,000 ft (5-7 km) a.s.l. could occur at any time.
The alert level remains Orange, meaning: “Volcano is exhibiting heightened unrest with increased likelihood of eruption or, Volcanic eruption is underway with no or minor ash emission.“
Learn how volcanoes create these rare smoke rings that even the Marlboro Cowboy would gulp at here.
Volcanic eruptions worldwide 17-21 April
There were 45 erupting volcanoes as of April 17. Here the new eruptions as of April 25, 2020:
- Suwanose-jima, Ryukyu Islands: 15th April.
- Sabancaya, Peru: 13-19 April.
- Rincon de la Vieja, Costa Rica: 15th, 18th, and 19th April.
- Nevados de Chillan, Chile: 21st April.
- Kuchinoerabu-jima, Ryukyu Islands: 13-20 April.
- Kliuchevskoi, Kamchatka Peninsula: 11-17 April.
- Ebeko, Kurile Islands: 13th April.
- Dukono, Indonesia: 15-21 April.
- Aso, Japan: 13-20 April.
- Sakura-jima, Japan: 14-20 April.
- Semeru, Indonesia: 13-16, 17th, and 20-21 April.
- Krakatau, Indonesia: 13-19 April.
- Karymsky, Kamchatka Peninsula; 18th April.