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Sarychev Peak Volcano Continues to Spew Ash

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June 16th, 2009 Category: Volcanoes

Ash plumes from Sarychev Peak, Russia - June 15th, 2009

Ash plumes from Sarychev Peak, Russia - June 15th, 2009

Sarychev Peak, a volcano on Matua Island in Russia’s Kuril Archipelago that is part of the Pacific Ring of Fire, has been producing continuous ash and steam emissions since June 12th, 2009. (Click here for the previous article.)

Here, most of the archipelago is obscured by clouds and ash, although the Kamchatka Peninsula is visible above.

These eruptions are reaching up to 8 kilometers (5 miles) above sea level, although other reports estimate altitudes as high as 16.5 kilometers (10 miles) above sea level. As a result, the tall ash column is currently disrupting air traffic.

One Response to “Sarychev Peak Volcano Continues to Spew Ash”

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    tundern :

    Flying from Tokyo to Helsinki on 17 June, we had to track south over Beijing instead of following a great circle route. This volcano, of which nobody other than the pilots would have heard before, added two hours to the normally nine hour flight…

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