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Plosky Tolbachik Volcano Erupts After 36 Years, Russia – December 23rd, 2012

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December 23rd, 2012 Category: Image of the day, Volcanoes

Russia – December 1st, 2012

On November 27, 2012, after 36 years inactive, the Plosky Tolbachik volcano, located on the Kamchatka Peninsula, Russia, sent ash 10,000 meters (32,808 ft) in the air and filling the caldera with fresh and gushing lava. Ash as thick as 4 cm (1.6 in) thick was reported to have fallen in Krasny Yar, about 35 km (21 mi) from the volcano.

This image shows the volcano several days after the initial eruption. Though difficult to distinguish from the snow, ash from the volcano can be seen blowing eastward over the Kamchatka Strait.

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