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Continued Eruption of Plosky Tolbachik Volcano, Russia

55.8N 160.3E

December 25th, 2012 Category: Volcanoes

Russia – December 17th, 2012

A plume of ash blows from the Plosky Tolbachik Volcano, on Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula, over the Kamchatka Strait. The volcano has been erupting for nearly a month. The volcano, which is visible left of the image center, is flanked by the┬áTolbachinsky Dol, a large, mostly treeless lava plateau that descends gradually for 25 km (15.5 mi). The plateau has been heavily affected by both ash fall and lava flow from the volcano from the early Holocene to recent times, giving it the darker brown color that can be seen here where the snow has melted.

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