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Five Volcanoes Erupting at Once

NASA Earth Observatory images by Robert Simmon,
using Landsat 8 data from the USGS Earth Explorer.

The Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat 8 captured activity at five of them during a single satellite pass on April 14, 2014

Remote. Cold. Rugged. Those three adjectives capture the essence of Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula.

Another word—perhaps more applicable here than anywhere else on Earth—Fiery.

  • Of the roughly 1,550 volcanoes that have erupted in the recent geologic past, 113 are found on Kamchatka.
  • Forty Kamchatkan volcanoes are “active,” either erupting now or capable of erupting on short notice. .

From geographic north to south (and top to bottom on this page), the volcanoes are Shiveluch, Klyuchevskaya, Bezymianny, Kizimen, and Karymsky.

  • The tallest of the group is Klyuchevskaya, a stratovolcano with a steep, symmetrical cone that reaches 4,750 meters (15,580 feet) above sea level.
  • The most active is Karymsky, a 1,536-meter (5,039-foot) peak that has erupted regularly since 1996.

Abbreviated reprint of a NASA Earth Observatory post.

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