A REAL LAND OF ICE AND FIRE
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.